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The Hum of Solitude

Vienatvės gaudesys
Director: Agnė Marcinkevičiūtė

Lithuania, 2014, documentary, 34 mins., Lithuanian with English subtitles, N-7

Jolita Skablauskaitė and her exceptional mystery, gothic aesthetics and archaic worldview stand out in Lithuanian literature. Who is she, the authoress of this dreadful and queer world? What is the source of such suggestive vision?

The director of the film, A. Marcinkevičiūtė, is pursuing to understand how the writer lived and what were her thoughts while working on her last novel Witches („Žiežulės“).

It might seem that the daily routine of the writer is all loneliness, reduced mobility, pains and scarcity. Regardless, J. Skablauskaitė insists on the necessity to lift oneself above the bleak, gloomy, despicable and meaningless reality. It is soon revealed that she is a limitless traveller through time and space.

About the director

Agnė Marcinkevičiūtė is a graduate of Film Directing in Lithuanian Academy of Music and Theater. Since 2003 she is working in documentary film. She has authored several documentary portraits of prominent Lithuanian writers and poets, such as Romualdas Granauskas, Jurgis Kunčinas, Renata Šerelytė, Jurga Ivanauskaitė, Justinas Marcinkevičius, Jolita Skablauskaitė.

In 2006 A. Marcinkevičiūtė received a prestigious Lithuanian Cinematographers' Union award for the documentary film about Lithuanian film director Raimondas Vabalas.

In 2008 Lithuanian Association of Artists awarded her with professional excellence the diploma for portraying historic, cultural and human values of exceptional national significance.

In 2016 A. Marcinkevičiūtė was awarded with a Cinematographers' Union certificate for the outstanding and professional portrayal of an exceptional personality, Arnold Voketaitis, US bass-baritone of Lithuanian descent, in her film I Recall my Mother's Voice („Prisimenu motinos balsą“).

 

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

Music: Titas Petrikis

Producer: Arūnas Stoškus

Print Festival Kaunas Programme