Lithuanian Animation Year in the World. 25th Stuttgart Fest


Retrospective programs of Lithuanian animation in 25th Stuttgart International Festival of Animated Film

Lithuanian animation year in the world. Great Tour.

The association ASIFA Lietuva in cooperation with the International Animation Film Festival Tindirindis and the Lithuanian Animation Guild of Animators has prepared a retrospective animated film program by Lithuanian directors "Lithuanian Animation Year in the World", which will begin the journey through the screens of the countries of the world.

This program is primarily dedicated to marking the 100th anniversary of the restoration of Lithuania's Independence, which is celebrated in 2018.

This program is dedicated to the 110th anniversary of the birth of Lithuanian animation, which will be celebrated in 2020. Władysław Starewicz began working with film and animation in Kaunas (Lithuania). In 1910, he filmed the first puppet animation film, called Lucanus Cervus. He began to film another five animation films, which he was to finish only later in Moscow.

In the next two years, it is expected to show a hundred and ten sessions of this program not only in Lithuania but also in many countries of the world, thus meeting and celebrating this honorable date. The launch of this program will take place in Germany, at the Stuttgart Festival.

Animation occupies a comparatively small place in the cultural life of Lithuania; however, it stands out with its unusual form of stylistic expression and the sensitive subject matter. The place of contemporary animation in the cultural market is changing rapidly, as fewer animation films are being made, while animation itself is becoming more a component of other kinds of visual art.

Volume 1. Lithuanian animation year in the world.

Animated films for Children.

In the first part of the program animated films for children are collected. Lithuanian classical animation directors films for children full of optimism, joyous and comical situations.

Goblin‘s math - film directed by Ilja Bereznickas. The Heroes of the Film are Classmates of the primary school who transfer boring life of adults into cheerful and amusing fancy stories, which are full of unexpected situations. One of the hero is Baubas - Goblin. Bereznickas’ work is characterised by its humorous style, instructive ideas, and bright colours. His films are usually intended for children.

Animated films Airplane and Heroesdirected by Henrikas Vaigauskas. His animated films are characterised by extreme simplicity of plot, clear colours, funny gags, and the visual style of children’s comic books.

Airplane - a funny story about a father who, in order to calm down crying children, built them an airplane.

Heroes - animated film about famous Lithuanian comic books character Piglet. Piglet with his friend Wingy leaves to look for a sculpture stolen from a museum.

The director Jurate Leikaite made a trilogy about a snail called Maiva. Film Soloist - a snail follows a ray of the Moon, singing, on a dark night and thinks of herself as a real soloist. When she wakes up in the morning, she finds herself on the very top of a tree and her song floats above the fields.

A new stage in Jurate Leikaite's work began with the film The Fern Blossom (2003). Among her creative interpretations of Lithuanian legends, celebrations and traditions she madefilm about very special night. In the middle of night at summer solstice, the miraculous blossom of fern blooms. John wants to find it, because if one has the blossom, one can see all hidden treasures. This time John is very lucky, for he not only finds the blossom, but also meets his real love…

There was, it was, as it was not - film directed by Zenonas Steinys was fully devoted to the style of the game, in which the artist created an indescribable. It's a story about a little girl who watches what changes, sometimes fun, and sometimes terrible, but definitely interesting things around her. The clouds flowing down suddenly begins to fall down and turns into a variety of animals, and is supervised and cared for by the farmer in whose yard they settle.

The Gipsy and the Dragon - film directed by Algirdas Selenis and Aurika Seleniene. Gypsy compete with the dragon for the princess, but this is not their main purpose ...

Grandma‘s Tale - film directed by Valentas Askinis and Jurate Leikaite Askiniene. The film is based Lithuanian poet Salomeja Neris poem "Grandmother's Tale." Before going to sleep grandmother tells different tales episodes and introduces the different characters of Lithuanian fairy tales.

Listed below are the works of the young generation of Lithuanian directors. The young filmmakers in animation for children bring a more sophisticated graphic solution, a new approach to classical tales and stories.

Diary of Childhood - film directed by Antanas Skucas. When one is a kid even the most unimportant details tend to catch attention and open the gates of fantasy. In this film, a girl in a wheel-chair gets attached to a ladybird, which becomes a symbol of hope to get on feet again and leave the isolated room of hers. However, sometimes even our favorite things are taken away... Childhood Diary is a mesmerizing attempt to reveal the perception characteristic to children when any seemingly inessential element of the everyday life can get its own personality and meaning. Surprisingly enough, the film pictures it as somewhat related to the Lithuanian mythology.

Tail - film directed by Rasa Jonikaite. This film is a contemporary interpretation of well-known folk tales. A fox and a wolf, friendship and betrayal, and the relationships between animals and people.

Hunt - extremely short film directed by Meinardas Valkevicius, Sigitas Mikuta. It's time to HUNT but who HUNTS who? The power of nature is enormous! STOP hunting!

Volume 2. Lithuanian animation year in the world.

Animation for Adults.

In the secondpart of the program animated films are collected for adults. This program features films created by different directors, whose works marked the striking stages of Lithuanian animation. The range of author's animated films of classical directors is rather widespread, starting with family drama, the topic of human-affairs disaster, in other films dealing with political issues of the country, ending with films that focus on the areas of the nation's cultural heritage and mythology and tales.

The director Jurate Leikaite debuted in 1996, with a striking and bold animation film for adults called Metamorphoses. A mad, mad discordant study of interpersonal relationships embedded within a cultural shift that insinuates the collapse of an old system in the midst of a new order taking its place.

Film Laima Determines the Destiny directed by Jurate Leikaite are closely linked to Lithuanian folklore, folk tales and myths, and are distinguished by playfulness, a distinctive style of narration, and stylistic experimentation.

The beginning of contemporary drawing animation at the Lithuanian Film Studios is closely associated with the caricaturists Ilja Bereznickas and Zenonas Steinys, who after attending an advanced directing course in Moscow returned to Lithuania in 1985. Bereznickas’ work is characterised by its humorous style, instructive ideas, and bright colours. The film Newspaper Man directed by I. Bereznickas is about a small person whose life is in the topical issues of the world through the pages of the daily newspaper. The key question is whether we can keep up with global problems.

The films made by Antanas Janauskas are optimistic stories full of paradoxes, in which the same character travels from one film to another, experiencing an overwhelming conflict with his surroundings. The character embodies the director and his ideas. The animation film The Growling Pillow tells a story about people who have an idea that is so powerful it could blow them right off the face of the earth.

The film Favourable Conditions consists of two parts: 1. Under the Clouds. Building a road across the clouds by destroying the sky is meaningful until one realizes that the sky is the earth itself. 2. In Closed Space. A man freed from a thick layer of plaster by the help of water drops frees his colleagues too.Excellent! No?! In the plaster it was better?

Valentas Askinis made Mystery of the Cactus (1989, a joint production between the Lithuanian Film Studios and Mosfilm), in which he harmoniously combined graphics made up of black-and-white lines and a visual plasticity with original music by Faustas Latenas.

The film Samogitian genesis (2002) made by directors Algirdas Selenis and Aurika Seleniene, the film is characterised by expressiveness both in the graphics and the colours, and by symbolism. The film is based on the legends about the beginning of Samogitians. This is a story about the Samogitian Promother that cares for Samogitian Tribe.

Listed below are the works of the young generation of Lithuanian directors. Young film makers discover original, bright and distinctive graphic design, explore contemporary and relevant ideas.

Skirma Jakaite director's work is characterized by the search for answers to important existential questions of people. Where does love go when lovers break apart? Or when they stay together? How do you find the spirit to fall in love again? Is it permissible-possible and is it possible-legal to love several people at the same time? What becomes of our love after death, is it really that important or simply inevitable? The film Non-Euclidean Geometry - this is about the laws of love, which are as simple as one, two, three, when we are still in love, but incomprehensible and unexplainable once love retreats. About the logic of the heart, which has nothing in common with common logic, just like non-Euclidean geometry disproves and surpasses the Euclidean one.

For the film The Tulle Curtain by the young directors Darius Jarusevicius and Inna Silina, they chose to use a style of graphic design similar to that of children’s drawings. The film delves into the global problem of war. There is an allusion to the Berlin Wall, which is embodied by a light tulle curtain with a dotted pattern of a mushroom cloud, dividing an area into two parts, in which different metamorphoses occur: a tulle curtain with concrete arches greets a poet, wraps a tank wrapped in a wedding veil, and turns into a barricade, canons and a place where ice fishing takes place.

Director Ieva Miskinyte deals with issues of human existence, her film The Button examines stories about people and objects in which people wander, dream, search for something, long to discover, and long to be discovered. It is a deep allegorical story about buttons that are lost and found, and all of the invisible threads that bind them.

Drought is a stop motion animation short film directed by Balys Kumza and Agne Kupsyte (Vilnius College of Technologies and Design). It is a universal story based in an abstract setting. Drought is a take on humanity, picking at our core values. The players are put in a concrete space, they are powerless over the influences of ever present forces, they are bound to act in unconsciously dictated patterns. One of the players refuses to act according to the norms and thus undergoes a metamorphosis. The scenery changes surrealy. But does the man become different after changing his surroundings?

In the film Guilt directed by Reda Tomingas a lonely vixen (fox) isolates herself from the world to enjoy the pleasures of being tormented by guilt. But as the days go by, even her personal space gets invaded and starts to crumble. She has to choose between madness and reconciliation.

Grandiozinė lietuviškos animacijos retrospektyva Štutgarto festivalyje.

Lietuvos animacijos metai pasaulyje.

Asociacija „ASIFA Lietuva“, bendradarbiaudama su Tarptautiniu animacinių filmų festivaliu „Tindirindis“ ir Lietuvos kinematografininkų sąjungos Animatorių gildija parengė garsių Lietuvos režisierių retrospektyvinę animacinių filmų trijų dalių programą „Lietuvos animacijos metai pasaulyje“, kuri pradėjo kelionę per pasaulio šalių ekranus. Ši programa pirmiausia buvo parodyta Lietuvoje, o vėliau iškeliavo į užsienį. Šiemet ji skirta Lietuvos atkūrimo 100-mečiui paminėti, o taip pat ir Lietuvos animacijos gimimo 110-osioms metinėms pažymėti, kurios bus švenčiamos 2020 metais.

V.Starevičius Kaune 1910 metais nufilmavo pirmąjį pasaulio istorijoje lėlių animacijos filmą „Lucanus Cervus“ („Elniaragių kova“), autorius panaudojo negyvus vabalus ir nufilmavo juos po kadrą ant kino juostos, kurios metražas buvo tik 15 metrų.

Per artimiausius du su puse metų tikimasi parodyti šios programos šimtą dešimt seansų ne tik Lietuvoje, bet ir daugelyje pasaulio šalių, taip pasitinkant ir įamžinant šią garbingą datą. Asociacija „ASIFA Lietuva“ būdama asocijuota nare tarptautinės organizacijos „ASIFA International“ per atskirų šalių skyrių prezidentus, organizatorius ir festivalių direktorius surengs peržiūras tų valstybių festivaliuose ir kūrybos vakaruose.

Tarptautiniame animacinių filmų Štutgarto festivalyje rodomos dvi „Lietuvos animacijos metų pasaulyje“ programos dalys.

Pirmoje programos dalyje surinkti animaciniai filmai vaikams, o antrojoje – suaugusiems.

Pirmojoje dalyje bus pristatyti puikiausi animaciniai filmai vaikams: „Baubo aritmetika“ (rež. I. Bereznickas), „Aeroplanas“ (rež. H. Vaigauskas), „Solistė“ (rež. J. Leikaitė), „Buvo, buvo, kaip nebuvo“ (rež. Z. Šteinys), „Čigonas ir drakonas“ (rež. A. Selenis ir A. Selenienė), „Medžioklė“ (rež. M. Valkevičius), „Uodega“ (rež. R. Jonikaitė), „Herojai“ (rež. H. Vaigauskas), „Paparčio žiedas“ (rež. J. Leikaitė), „Vaikystės dienoraštis“ (rež. A. Skučas), „Senelės pasaka“ (rež. V. Aškinis ir J. Leikaitė–Aškinienė). Ši filmų programa bus parodyta balandžio 26 d. 15 val. kino centre „Metropol. 3“.

Antrojoje dalyje bus galima išvysti šiuos animacinius filmus: „Metamorfozės“ (rež. J. Leikaitė), „Laikraštinis žmogus„ (rež. I. Bereznickas), „Kaktuso paslaptis“ (rež. V. Aškinis), „Sausra“ (rež. A. Kupšytė ir B. Kumža, Vilniaus technologijų ir dizaino kolegija), „Urzgianti pagalvė“ (rež. A. Janauskas), „Saga“ (rež. I. Miškinytė), „Kaltė“ (rež. R. Tomingas), „Tiulis“ (rež. D. Jaruševičius ir I.Šilina), „Palankios palinkybės“ (rež. A. Janauskas), „Žemaitė – žemaičių pramotė“ (rež. A. Selenis ir A. Selenienė), „Taip Laima lėmė“ (rež. J. Leikaitė–Aškinienė), „Neeuklidinė geometrija“ (rež. S. Jakaitė ir S. Masteikaitė). Ši filmų programa bus parodyta balandžio 25 d. 21 val. kino centre „Metropol. 3“.

Platus šiuolaikinės lietuviškos animacijos spektras. Profesionalai ir studentai.

Tarptautiniame Štutgarto animacinių filmų festivalyje bus parodytos dar dvi retrospektyvinės lietuvių animacijos programos, kurias remia Lietuvos kino centras. Tai „Sidabrinių gervių“ ir kitų garbingų prizų laimėtojų programa „Geriausi šiuolaikiniai lietuvių animaciniai filmai“, kurią pristatys Laura Almantaitė. Šių kūrinių meno stiliai yra labai įvairūs, tai ir spalvingos istorijos, tai ir vaizduojantys konfliktą tarp miesto ir gamtos, asmeninių pasirinkimų ir tikėjimo, o taip pat ir giliai pristatantys Baltijos mitologiją. Programoje bus parodyti šie filmai: „Margučių rytas“ (rež. Jūratė Leikaitė–Aškinienė), „Vaikystės dienoraštis“ (rež. Antanas Skučas), „Tiulis“ (rež. Darius Jaruševičius, Ina Šilina), „Taip Laima lėmė“ ((rež. Jūratė Leikaitė–Aškinienė), „Nepriklausomybės diena“ (rež. Urtė Budinaitė), „Kaltė“ (rež. Reda (Bartkutė) Tomingas), „Neeuklidinė geometrija“ (rež. Skirmanta Jakaitė, Solveiga Masteikaitė), „Miškas“ (rež. Ignas Meilūnas), „Nuopuolis“ (rež. Urtė Oettinger, Johan Oettinger), „Kaukai“ (rež. Gediminas Šiaulys), „Virsmas“ (rež. Nathan Jurevicius), „Pono nakties laisvadienis“ (rež. Ignas Meilūnas). Ši programa bus parodyta balandžio 28 d. 21 val. kino centre „Metropol. 3“.

Specialioje Štutgarto festivalio programoje „Mokyklų pristatymai“ bus parodyta ir retrospektyvinė Vilniaus dailės akademijos studentų sukurtų animacinių filmų programa, kurią remia Lietuvos kino centras. Šią programą sudarė Gintarė Brazauskienė, bus parodyti šie filmai: „Tiltas“ (rež. Ieva Miškinytė), „Po“ (rež. Reda (Tomingas) Bartkutė), „Galim susitikti, galim nesusitikti“ (rež. Skirmanta Jakaitė), „Kai“ (rež. Pijus Balkaitis), „Pokalbiai“ (rež. Emilija Juzeliūnaitė), „Nevaikas“ (rež. Eglė Girskaitė), „Šventa rutina“ (rež. Pijus Čeikauskas), „Gimimas“ (rež. Eglė Mameniškytė), „Mono no aware“ (rež. Emilija Juzeliūnaitė). Ši programa bus parodyta balandžio 25 d. 15 val. kino centre „Metropol. 3“.

Tarptautinė lietuviško filmo premjera.

Specialioje Štutgarto festivalio programoje „Studijų pristatymas. Baltijos studijos“ įvyks Gedimino Šiaulio animacinio filmo „Šviesa“ (studija Pet Punk) premjera, kurią remia Lietuvos kino centras. Animacinis trumpametražis filmas „ŠVIESA“ simbolinėmis metaforomis pasakoja apie knygnešių pasiaukojimą, trėmimus į Sibirą, kovas už nepriklausomybę, tai poetinis gimtojo žodžio kelias. Šis filmas bendroje programoje „Baltijos studijos“ bus parodytas kartu su latvių ir estų animaciniais filmais balandžio 25 d. 16 val. kino centre „Metropol. 2“.