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GIMTINE

MOTHERLAND

Tomas Vengris
Lithuania, Latvia, Germany, Greece, 2019, 96 Min

A lyrical coming-of-age drama from Lithuania: in 1992, shortly after the independence of the country, twelve-year-old Kovas and his Lithuanian-born mother Viktorija come to visit from Boston. After twenty years of emigration Viktorija desperately wants to regain possession of her father's estate. She changes, behaves as if obsessed, and Kovas tries to figure out why.

Kovas was born in the US and sees the birthplace, his mother's "homeland", for the first time. Through the car windows he looks at a foreign, destitute country. The house she wants to regain possession of is now inhabited by an impoverished Russian family and yet that is not the only reason why the matter proves more difficult than anticipated. While Victoria concocts new plans, catches up with one-time lovers and reignites old rivalries her silent son plays the role of the observer. His peers are interested in the American youngster's chewing gum and trendy wristwatch. Only when he meets Maria does he start to form a gentle loving relationship of his own.

Director Tomas Vengris, who himself grew up as the child of Lithuanian immigrants in the USA, draws on his own experiences in the “wild” nineties in this, his debut film. For the female lead of Viktorija he cast Severija Janušauskaitė, the star of the BABYLON BERLIN series, whilst the young and talented Matas Metlevskis shines alongside her. CF

Filmformat
DCP | Farbe / colour
Drehbuch
Tomas Vengris
Kamera
Audrius Kemežys
Ton
Saulius Urbanavičius
Schnitt
Gintarė Sokelytė, Tomas Vengris
Ausstattung
Ramūnas Rastauskas
Musik
Kārlis Auzāns
Darsteller
Matas Metlevski, Severija Janušauskaitė, Darius Gumauskas, Barbora Bareikytė
Produzent
Uljana Kim
Produktion
Studio Uljana Kim Antakalnio 94-25 10202, Vilnus kim@lfc.lt Mobile: +370 6992 6552
Co-Produktion
Heimathafen Film & Media GmbH; Locomotive Productions, ...
Kontakt
Alpha Violet
Keiko Funato
18 rue Soleillet
75020, Paris
France
info@alphaviolet.com
Tel: + 33 6 29 83 51 08
Mobile: +33 1 47 97 39 84
Tomas Vengris

Tomas Vengris - born in 1984 as the son of Lithuanian immigrants and raised in the USA, Washington D.C., he first worked as a corporate consultant before devoting himself to his passion for film and completing a second degree in directing at the American Film Institute in Los Angeles. MOTHERLAND is his feature film debut. Above all, however, he is a well-known editor.

Movies
KALIFORNIJA (2012, short)
FOR ABIGAIL, LOVE BENJAMIN (2013, short)
SQUIRREL (2014, short)
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