by Tomas Vengris
A young American boy returns with his mother Viktorija to her Lithuanian homeland shortly after the fall of the USSR. She hopes to reclaim the family property which was taken from her parents when they were arrested and sent to labour camps.
Shortly after the fall of the USSR, 12-year-old Kovas travels to his mother Viktorija’s homeland for the first time.
It has been 20 years since she escaped Soviet-Occupied Lithuania and has now returned to reclaim her beloved family estate. Viktorija’s former flame, Romas, claims to have useful connections and escorts them to the family land. When they find the tattered estate occupied by an impoverished Russian family, they must consider how far they are willing to go to keep their dreams intact.
Lithuania/Latvia/Germany/Greece 2019 96mn 2.39:1 5.1 Lithuanian, English, Russian 1st Feature Film
written & directed by
Sebastian Weyland, Knut Jäger
Director oh photography – Audrius Kemežys
Production designer – Ramūnas Rastauskas
Editors – Gintarė Sokelytė, Tomas Vengris
Sound designer – Saulius Urbanavičius
Costume designer – Agnė Rimkutė
Make-up designer -Ušra Rosegard
Composer – Kārlis Auzāns
Casting by – Dovilės Gasiūnaitė
Tomas Vengris studied at the Columbia University. He is a graduate from the Vilnius Academy of Arts and the American Film Institute Conservatory.
Short Films as Director/ Writer:
SQUIRREL (2014), KALIFORNIJA (2013), FOR ABIGAIL, LOVE BENJAMIN (2012)
From 2009 to 2016, Tomas Vengris has worked as an editor, assistant editor on several films and TV. These collaborations include the films of Kelly Reichardt, Terrence Malick etc…
Screen Daily – Written by Wendy Ide
“this is an impressive feature debut which explores ideas of cultural identity and legacy”.
“Motherland is an assured piece of filmmaking which should make its mark on the festival circuit”
Cineuropa – Written by Vladan Petković
…”it is hard to pull back from the screen and the protagonists. Strong performances by all of the main actors certainly help, with Janušauskaitė standing out.”
Busan IFF – Flash Forward Competition
Denver Film Festival – Official Selection
New York Baltic Film Festival – Official Selection
Black Nights Tallinn Film Festival – Best Film , Baltic Competition
Cleveland Film Festival – Central and Eastern European Competition
Sofia Film Festival – Official Selection
WorldFest Houston – Platinum Remi Award, Best Debut Feature
Shanghai Film Festival – Official Selection
Atlantida Film Festival – Official Selection
BRIFF – Director’s Week Competition
CINEAST Film Festival – Official Selection
Oslo Cinemateket Baltic Film Days
Camerimage – Baltic Cinema Review
EU Film Festival in Vietnam
Artekino Festival Online Winner of the Audience Award
AFI European Union Showcase
L’Europe autour de L’europe – Best Feature Film