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The Brass Band

Brasbendas
Director: Julija Gruodienė, Rimantas Gruodis

Lithuania, 2006, documentary, 60 mins., Lithuanian with English subtitles, V

The brass band Saulutė (Daisy) is a lovely orchestra of village girls in the villages of Perekšliai and Sujetai in Panevėžys district. Their hearty performances brighten everyday life of the village, introducing into it the unexpected and the comic. 

About the directors

Julija Gruodienė is a scriptwriter and director born in 1966 in Liauriškės, Lithuania. She graduated from the Vilnius University Philology department and worked as a translator and editor in Mintis publishing house. Since 1984 she worked in Lithuanian Film Studio as an editor, scriptwriter for newsreels and documentaries (1984-1994). 1994-2002 she worked in Lithuanian TV as an editor and scriptwriter. She writes for film and culture magazines. Since 1994 she is collaborating with her husband, independent film director and producer Rimantas Gruodis. She is a member of Lithuanian Filmmakers' Union and the Lithuanian Film Academy.

Since 1994 she has authored and co-authored around twenty films. All of them have been shown to the audience in Lithuania and abroad, in international film festivals, film forums, libraries and museums. Her films have received numerous awards and critical acclaim. Since 2002, she works as a scriptwriter and independent film director.

Rimantas Gruodis was born in 1946 in a family of actors in Šiauliai. In 1964, straight out of school, he started working as a camera assistant in Lithuanian film studio, later moved on to the position of assistant director in feature films, documentary film editor and director. The entirety of his life is closely knit with film: in childhood he used to record sound for films and did acting in TV and radio shows. In 1977 he graduated from Journalism in Vilnius university. He wrote articles and was a lecturer in TV journalism. Has taken part in producers' courses in Denmark. His films have received numerous awards, were shown in a variety of international film forums and festivals, as well as in Lithuanian and international TV. They are to be found in the libraries and museums in Denmark, Germany, France and the USA. R. Gruodis is a member of Lithuanian Filmmakers' Union and the Lithuanian Film Academy.

The film is part of the program Cinema is created by people. Retrospective of cameraman Audrius Kemežys, an 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: Julija Gruodienė, Rimantas Gruodis

Dir. of Photography: Audrius Kemežys, Rimantas Gruodis

Producer: Rimantas Gruodis