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Energy Lithuania

Lietuvos energija
Director: Deimantas Narkevičius

Lithuania, 2000, video, 18 mins., Lithuanian with English subtitles

Energy Lithuania is a documentary-style study of an electrical power plant. At the same time, it evokes the life of “Electric Town” (Elektrėnai) built around the plant in the 1950s and 60s. This artificial “new” city was designed as an embodiment of optimism and Modernist ethos, symbolizing Lithuania’s technological revolution. Deimantas Narkevičius uses 21st century footage: urban landscapes, recreation areas, elements of the power plant and its interior, and interviews with the employees of the power plant. The artist uses “Super 8” film which enhances the feeling of nostalgia and creates distance from the view thus imitating the technologies used in Lithuanian television documentaries of the Soviet era. The result is a pictorial, visual and subjective glance at the utopian past and the gradually dissolving present of the town.

About the director

Deimantas Narkevičius is one of the most prominent Lithuanian contemporary artists internationally. Due to particular approach and concepts, his works have gained recognition in major contemporary art exhibitions globally. The works of the artist were presented at the Lithuanian pavilion in Venice Biennial in 2001 and 2003.

In 2008 he has received Lithuanian National Prize for Culture and Arts and The Vincent Award, a Dutch prize awarded to a European artist whose works are deemed highly relevant in contemporary art.

 

The film is part of the program Cinema is created by people. Retrospective of cameraman Audrius Kemežys, a homage to Lithuanian cinematographer. Throughout his life, Audrius Kemežys has worked on over 30 films, both fiction and documentaries, by established Lithuaian film directors, which received a number of international awards.

His work was a continuation of the Lithuanian cinematographic tradition, yet he stands out as an innovator with a unique ability to see and capture the filmic reality of his characters in an ethical, poetic and comprehensive way.

In 2010 he received a Lithuanian Cinematographers' Union award for the Best cinematographer. In 2015 he was awarded the prize for the Best Cinematography and a masterly synthesis of photography and cinematography in the documentary film Master and Tatiana, as well as nominated for the National Culture and Arts Award. In 2017 he was awarded the Silver Crane for the Best Cinematography in the documentary film Woman and the Glacier.

Screenplay: Deimantas Narkevičius

Dir. of Photography: Audrius Kemežys

Music: Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

Print Festival Kaunas Programme