Nova Lituania

A film by

Lithuania | 97' | 06/2019 | fiction

1938. While the young Lithuanian state celebrates twenty years of independence, the situation in Europe is becoming increasingly tense, and a new war looms on the horizon. Geographer Feliksas Gruodis comes up with a novel solution to the situation: he proposes creating a “backup Lithuania” overseas, a place where the country’s inhabitants could move in case of danger. All he needs is support for his idea from the political elite.

“Karolis Kaupinis has taken this eccentric idea as the kernel of truth from which his beautifully poker-faced feature debut can sprout into an elegant, offbeat fiction that is both steeped in pre-war Lithuanian history and starkly relevant to our current moment ”
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“Karolis Kaupinis has taken this eccentric idea as the kernel of truth from which his beautifully poker-faced feature debut can sprout into an elegant, offbeat fiction that is both steeped in pre-war Lithuanian history and starkly relevant to our current moment ”
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Square Eyes - Cairo IFF - Laurel 2019

Karolis Kaupinis

Biography

Born in Vilnius, 1987, Karolis Kaupinis graduated from Vilnius  University with MA in Comparative Politics. His first short film The Noisemaker (2014) was selected to Locarno Film Festival and was screened at more than 50 international film festivals and  winning two Lithuanian Film Academy Awards. Kaupinis’ second short Watchkeeping (2017) premiered at IndieLisboa Film Festival and was selected to 20 international film festivals. Nova Lituania is the debut feature film by Karolis Kaupinis.

Filmography

  • Nova Lituania – 2019 – feature film
  • Budejimas / Watchkeeping – 2017 – short film
  • Triuksmadarys – The Noisemaker – 2014 – short film
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Crew

Director: Karolis Kaupinis
Screenplay: Karolis Kaupinis
Producer: M-Films: Marija Razgutė
Cinematographer: Simonas Glinskis
Production designer: Audrius Dumikas
Editor: Silvija Vilkaitė
Sound design: Julius Grigelionis
Cast: Aleksas Kazanavičius, Vaidotas Martinaitis, Valentinas Masalskis, Rasa Samuolytė, Eglė Gabrėnaitė

Festivals

  • Karlovy Vary International Film Festival, Czech Republic (28 June – 6 July, 2019)
    East of the West Competition
  • Athens International Film Festival, Greece (18 – 29 September, 2019)
    International Competition Won: Golden Athena Award For Best Film
  • CinEast − Central and Eastern European Film Festival, Luxembourg (3 – 20 October, 2019)
    Official Competition
  • Haifa International Film Festival, Israel (12 – 22 October, 2019)
    Out of competition: East of the West
  • Riga International Film Festival, Latvia (17 – 27 October, 2019)
    Feature Film Competition Won: Best Feature Film
  • Nordic Film Days Lübeck, Germany (29 October – 3 November, 2019)
    Feature Film Competition
  • European Film Festival, Armenia (10 November – 2 December, 2019)
  • Black Nights Film Festival, Estonia (15 November – 1 December, 2019)
    Baltic Film Competition
  • Cairo International Film Festival, Egypt (20 – 29 November, 2019)
    International Competition
  • AFI European Union Film Showcase, United States (4 – 22 December, 2019)
  • International Film Festival of Kerala, India (6 – 13 December, 2019)
    Official World Cinema Section
  • Black Movie – Geneva International Independent Film Festival, Switzerland (17 – 26 January, 2019)
    Official Selection
  • Göteborg Film Festival, Sweden (24 January – 3 February, 2019)
    New Voices

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Press quotes

Eighty years later, filmmaker Karolis Kaupinis has taken this eccentric idea as the kernel of truth from which his beautifully poker-faced feature debut can sprout into an elegant, offbeat fiction that is both steeped in pre-war Lithuanian history and starkly relevant to our current moment — wherever nationalism is being invoked for political capital by powerful cowards.”

““Nova Lituania” is also formally striking. Simonas Glinskis’ photography feels both antique in its monochrome palette and modern in the poreless, ungrained luminosity of its digital imagery. It is classical, with precisely choreographed scenes playing out in frames composed as stringently as a territorial map. But it is also contemporary, in the occasional subtle wobble of the handheld camerawork. All aspects of its craft, including Audrias Dumikas’ meticulous, period-accurate yet also coolly minimalist production design, feel engineered to remind us that its themes straddle the amusingly bygone and the painfully present.”
Karlovy Vary Review: ‘Nova Lituania’ – Jessica Kiang

Kaupinis has crafted a careful and controlled affair shot in stark black and white. There are moments when the movie almost has an air of satire about it, with some scenes fairly reminiscent of propaganda films. Certainly, the uncertainty about world politics and the almost blithe acceptance that “everything will come out in the wash” shown in the film resonate strongly with the state of the modern world.”
Review: Nova Lituania – Laurence Boyce

“The photography is wonderfully orchestrated by Simonas Glinskis, with the stiffness of its impeccable visual harmony sometimes broken up with a hand-held camera movement. The shifts in black and white gradient from the extremely dark to extremely light serve to accommodate the given atmosphere or character and are cleverly implemented.”
GoCritic! Review: Nova Lituania – Dunja Nešović