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23rd Annual Chicago European Union Film Festival
Tomas Vengris in person!

Motherland

Gimtine

2019, Tomas Vengris, Lithuania, 97 min.
With Severija Janušauskaitė, Matas Metlevski

Show Times

  • Sat, Mar 21st 5:00pm
  • Wed, Mar 25th 8:00pm

"An impressive feature debut which explores ideas of cultural identity and legacy."—Wendy Ide, Screen International

A coming-of-age story is colored by the upheavals of recent Lithuanian history in this visually impressive first feature. Set in 1992, the film centers on 12-year-old Kovas (Metlevski), who was raised in America after his mother Vikorija (Janušauskaitė) fled Lithuania during the Soviet occupation. Now, with her marriage collapsing and Lithuania gaining independence, she returns to her homeland in the hope of reclaiming the family property that had been seized by the Soviets. Reconnecting with relatives and a former boyfriend, she finds that the land is now occupied by Russian immigrants who have no intention of giving it up without a fight. The action is presented entirely from the perspective of Kovas, who is framed in tight, shallow close shots that emphasize the boy's isolation and dislocation, as the drama reveals itself to him through sidelong glimpses, obstructed views, and overheard snatches of conversation. In Lithuanian, English, and Russian with English subtitles. DCP digital widescreen. Courtesy of the Consulate General of the Republic of Lithuania. (MR)

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