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Kaunas International Film Festival returns in November

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2017-10-31

After a brief pause, Kaunas International Film Festival returns to Kaunas' cultural scene. The tenth anniversary edition of the festival with take place between the 30th of November and the 13th of December at Romuva cinema, the Culture and Events Centre of Kaunas University of Technology and other spaces.

After a brief pause, Kaunas International Film Festival returns to Kaunas‘s cultural scene. The tenth anniversary edition of the festival with take place between the 30th of November and the 13th of December at Romuva cinema, the Culture and Events Centre of Kaunas University of Technology and a variety of other spaces.

The programme of this year’s festival is varied yet focused. The main strand is full of premieres – films that have been screened and awarded in internationally renowned film festival. Our audience will also be invited to acquaint themselves with Canadian cinema, which, as of yet, is relatively little known in Lithuania. “We are proud to continue our tradition to introduce films about people with Lithuanian roots from all over the world. This year we are showing Silvana, a documentary about the famous Swedish rapper and human rights activist with Samogitian roots Silvana Imam. Kaunas is the film’s first stop after its world premiere at the International Documentary Film Festival Amsterdam”, says Ilona Jurkonytė, the artistic director of the Kaunas International Film Festival. “Furthermore, Andrew Stasiulis, an American filmmaker of Lithuanian descent is coming to Kaunas as well. Stasiulis’s research is based in the relationship between war and media and he will be introducing his film Orders – a film that contemplates the war that might be happening inside our minds”.

According to Jurga Liutvinskienė, the director of the festival, KIFF remains loyal to its path and invites its audience to leave their comfort zone and encounter a cinema that does not fit in the traditional norms of length, imagery and storytelling.

The opening film of this year‘s festival is Alireza Khatami‘s drama Oblivion Verses. The film premiered at this year‘s Venice International Film Festival‘s Orizzonti section and was awarded the best screenplay, FIPRESCI  and Interfilm awards. The film transports its viewers to the world of magical realism and tells the story of a morgue caretaker who goes on an odyssey to bury a young woman who has come under his care after a local protest went awry. Oblivion Verses sharply yet tenderly addresses the processes of societal remembrance and amnesia, and has been inspired by Khatami‘s, who grew up during the conflict between Iraq and Iran, experiences. We are pleased to announce that Alireza Khatami is coming to Kaunas to introduce his film to our audience.

For more information, follow our Facebook and our website www.kinofestivalis.lt . We will be announcing further details on the programme soon!

This project is financed by “Iniciatyvos Kaunui”, a programme launched by the Kaunas City Municipality, and the Canadian government.