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Narcissus

Narcizas
Director: Dovilė Gasiūnaitė

Lithuania, Graikija, 2012, drama, 95 mins., Lithuanian and English with English and Lithuanian subtitles, V

Narcissus (from Greek Narkissos) shares the root narc- – with narcosis and narcotic. All these words have the same origin in the verb narkaō – to intoxicate through a strong smell. In the modern interpretation of the antique myth Teodore (Amvrosios Vlachopoulos) is a handsome and multiply gifted string quartet cello player, who knows his own value. He draws people in, but ends up hurting them, yet he is impossible to resist. Teodore abandons his family, career, and friends in his quest for a true challenge. He has yet to find out that his greatest confrontation will be with himself.

About the director

Dovilė Gasiūnaitė (born 1972) studied acting at Lithuanian Music Academy, and film directing in a foreign class at the Prague Film Academy (FAMU) (Czech Republic). She made a number of short films and worked as a casting director for quite a few Lithuanian films. Beginning with 2003 she has attended the “North by Northwest” film production courses as well as Ateliers d’Angers Master Classes led by Jeanne Moreau. Narcissus is her first feature film. In 2012 it was nominated for three Silver Crane awards for Best Music, Best Supporting Actress and Best Feature Film at the Lithuanian Film and Television Awards. The film received the Award of Southampton International Film Festival (UK) for the Original Feature Screenplay.

 

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: Dovilė Gasiūnaitė

Dir. of Photography: Audrius Kemežys

Music: Giedrius Puskunigis

Producer: Teresa Zibolienė