A film made by a young Lithuanian artist E. Škarnulytė has been selected for the competitive program of the International Short Film Festival Oberhausen


“Aldona“ - a short film by a video artist Emilija Škarnulytė - will take part in the competitive program of the world's oldest Oberhausen Short Film Festival which starts today. Having the film included in this program means important international recognition for the twenty-five year old artist from Lithuania.

Since 1954, the Oberhausen Film Festival, maintaining the old traditions and at the same time open for the avant-garde, has screened short films of the world-renowned filmmakers such as Milos Forman, Werner Herzog, Roman Polanski, Martin Scorsese, Agnès Varda and others.
The film “Aldona” tells about E. Škarnulytė's grandmother who lost her sight during the accident of the Chernobyl Power Plant. “This documentary film is based on a true-life story of my grandmother Aldona from Druskininkai in Lithuania. In 1986 April one day, without any particular reason, Aldona lost her vision. Doctors silently were claiming that it probably happened due to Chernobyl’s Nuclear Power Plant accident occurred on 26 April 1986 in Ukrainian USSR. Her eye nerves got poisoned”, – says the director of the film.
The video documentary portrays a blind woman's walk in the Grūtas Park of Soviet sculptures. But it is not an ordinary walk - the ways of representation chosen by the author provoke reflection and the  aesthetic experience.
The film has got a positive review by the famous avant-garde film-maker and publisher Pip Chodorov: ““Aldona” is a touching and contemplative observation of blindness that shows there is vision beyond light and shadows.”
E. Škarnulytė's films will be presented for Lithuanian audiences during a special program at Kaunas International Film Festival this autumn (September 25 – October 6). 
“I got interested in E. Škarnulytė's work after I saw her video film “The Valley of the Lost City”, which reveals the vast expanse that opens up from the southeast slope of the Raigardas Valley, and resembles M. K. Čiurlionis and his cities sunk in the mist. A sensitive way of representation and, in my opinion, a very natural, instinctive aspiration to touch the legend, the essence, I think is one of the most characteristic features in Emilija's work,” - says the artistic director of the Kaunas International Film Festival, Ilona Jurkonytė.
Born in 1987, the film director Emilija Škarnulytė has studied sculpture in the Brera Academy of Fine Arts in Milan, Italy. At present she is studying at the Tromso Academy of Contemporary Art in Norway and works in the fields of video, photography, installation and performance. In her work, according to the artist, she examines reality with a political and a poetic approach.
In 2009 Emilija Škarnulytė has been awarded an Italian National Premium of Miur for the film “Limbic Systems”.
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