Director: Sharunas Bartas
Lithuania, France, Czech Republic, Portugal, Serbia, Latvia
128 minutes
Unclassified 15+

The war is over, the struggle is just beginning

Lithuania, 1948. The war is over, but the country is left in ruins. 19-year-old Untė is a member of the partisan movement resisting Soviet occupation. The Lithuanians know that they count for little in the scheme of world geopolitics, and that they have been abandoned to Stalin. However, it is quickly apparent that their resistance is fatally compromised as they turn on each other in outbursts of betrayal and retribution. With its sombre tones and Chekhovian tensions, it is easy to see how this mordant drama attracted the curators at Cannes, who made it an official selection this year. Sharunas Bartas has long been a filmmaker to watch with several of his films selected for the Director’s Fortnight.

Film Type Feature Fiction
Program Strand Contemporary World Cinema
Premiere Australian
Language Lithuanian
Subtitles English
Director Sharunas Bartas
Producer Jurga Dikciuviane, Janja Kralj, Sharunas Bartas
Screenwriters Sharunas Bartas
Cinematographer Eitvydas Doskus
Editor Simon Birman
Cast Arvydas Dapsys, Marius Povilas Elijas Martinenko, Alina Zaliukaite-Ramanauskiene
Accolades Cannes, 2020
Genre Coming of Age, History, War