Motherland

by Tomas Vengris

Synopsis

Logline

MOTHERLAND portrays the return of a mother and her son in her country Lithuania after her exile in the USA. The wild new East turns their dreams upside down.

 

Synopsis

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.

Specifications

Lithuania / Latvia / Germany / Greece – 2019 – 96min – 4K – 1:2.39

written & directed by

Tomas Vengris

ORIGINAL TITLE

Gimtine

PRODUCED BY

Uljana Kim

CO-PRODUCED BY

Roberts Vinovskis

Sebastian Weyland, Knut Jäger

Chritos V. Konstantakopoulos

CAST

Matas Metlevski

Severija Janušauskaitė

Darius Gumauskas

Barbora Bareikytė

CREW

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

 

 

Bio-Filmo

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…

Press Quotes

“this is an impressive feature debut which explores ideas of cultural identity and legacy”.

Screen Daily – Written by Wendy Ide

Festivals

Busan IFF – Flash Forward Competition

Denver Film Festival – Official Selection

New York Baltic Film Festival – Official Selection

Black Nights Tallinn Film Festival – Baltic Competition

 

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