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Europa 54° 54' - 25° 19'

Director: Deimantas Narkevičius

Lithuania, 1997, documentary, 8 mins., Lithuanian, English with Lithuanian subtitles

“This film is a simple documentary of a trip I have made one morning from my former flat to the geographical centre of Europe,” writes Narkevičius.

“One friday morning I got the urge to go and see the centre of Europe. Though I had been aware of the centre of Europe being in Lithuania for some time, I simply had disregarded the fact as unimportant as one of the many phenomena of the ethnocentric ideology, typical of a young country. That morning I asked myself what was my relationship to that geographical fact.

About the director

Deimantas Narkevičius is one of the most prominent Lithuanian contemporary artists internationally. Due to p articular 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.

Dir. of Photography: Audrius Kemežys

Print Festival Kaunas Programme