Breathing into Marble

Kvėpavimas į marmurą
Director: Giedrė Beinoriūtė

Lithuania, Latvia, Croatia, 2018, drama, 97 mins., Lithuanian with English subtitles, N-13

A middle-class couple Izabele and Liudas live in their rural house with their son Gailius, who suffers from epilepsy. One day Izabele talks her husband into adopting six-year-old Ilja, a headstrong yet withdrawn lboy from a children’s home. With his arrival the life of the family starts to change in a dramatic way.

“All the characters yearn for love, and yet they aren't able to share it with each other. They make rash decisions and change each other's lives irrevocably. We can understand some of their actions, yet others we cannot. In the film, I examine the relationships between the people, the invisible threads linking their lives, their responsibility for each other, guilt, and the attempt to forgive,” explains the director.

The film is based on the novel Breathing Into Marble by Laura Sintija Černiauskaitė.

About the director

Presently Giedrė Beinoriūtė is enrolled in an Artistic Research PhD programme in Lithuanian Music and Theater Academy. Here she previously obtained both her BA and MA in TV directing study program.

Since 1997 G. Beinoriūtė, both film director and scriptwriter, has written and directed eight short films, both fiction and documentary, which were well received both nationally and internationally. She had as well published a poetry book along with an actor G. Storpirštis, directed a theater play, as well as authored two radio plays for children on the national radio.

In 2001 – 2007 G. Beinoriūtė was a volunteer consultant in children support help desk and as a coordinator of online consulting program.

Since 2004 she is a member of Lithuanian Cinematographers' Union, in 2009 she was elected trustee of the directors' guild. In 2006 she, along with her colleagues Antanas Gluskinas and Jurga Gluskinienė, established Monoklis film studio.

Since 2007 G. Beinoriūtė is teaching future TV directors in the Lithuanian Music and Theater Academy, as well as in Skalvija Film Academy, workshops and educational projects.


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.

Section: Cinema is created by people. Retrospective of cameraman Audrius Kemežys

Screenplay: Giedrė Beinoriūtė

Dir. of Photography: Audrius Kemežys

Music: Vestard Shimkus

Producer: Dagnė Vilždiūnaitė

Cast: Airida Gintautaitė, Sigitas Šidlaukas, Joris Baltrūnas, Vilius Minčinauskas, Kristupas Cicėnas