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Revisiting Solaris

Aplankant Soliarį
Director: Deimantas Narkevičius

Lithuania, Germany, 2007, videofilm, 19 min., Lithuanian with English subtitles

In the short film Donatas Banionis, a leading actor in Andrei Tarkovsky’s famous film Solaris (1972), appears once more in his role as the astronaut Kris Kelvin more than 40 years after Tarkovsky's Solaris was made. Tarkovsky’s film was based on Stanisław Lem’s futuristic novel of the same name, excluding its last chapter. Revisiting Solaris is based on that last chapter of the novel, and it tells how Kris Kelvin reflects on his visit to Solaris shortly before his return from the space mission. Narkevičius combines the shots of the protagonist with the photographs by Lithuanian symbolist painter and composer Mikalojus Konstantinas Čiurlionis taken on the coast of the Black Sea in 1905, visualising the cosmic landscapes of the Solaris. Tarkovsky also filmed the surface of the Black Sea to represent the ocean of the mysterious planet.

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: Johann Sebastian Bach