Master and Tatyana

Meistras ir Tatjana
Director: Giedrė Žickytė

Lithuania, 2014, documentary, 84 mins., Lithuanian, Russian with English and Lithuanian subtitles, V

Being extremelly colorful, Vitas Luckus was standing out from drabness the Soviet era. He kept a lion in his apartment. He was the first to go beyond Lithuanian surroundings and document the spontaneous reality of Soviet Republics. His photographs, just like his eccentric lifestyle, make an impression even now. He lived in Vilnius with his beautiful wife Tatyana.

They were the vibrant couple of the ‘60s. Just as vibrant was their home, always full of people, wine, nightlong conversations, guests from the farthermost places of the Soviet Union. He was engulfed by his passion for truth and photography.

2015 Best Director, Best Documentary, Best Cinematography and Best Editing at the Lithuanian Film Academy Silver Crane Awards
2015 awarded 2nd place in the Lisbon documentary film festival Filmes Sobre Arte, Portugal
2015 awarded 2nd place in Vilnius Documentary Film Festival competition program
2015 awarded a diploma in the Listapad Film Festival in Belarus
2015 awarded s Student Jury Prize in Tbilisi Film Festival in Georgia

About the director

Giedrė Žickytė (born 1980) is an awarded Lithuanian documentary film director. In 2007 she graduated from Vilnius Art Academy Visual Arts MA program. Her films were distributed theatrically and selected to several major international film festivals, such as IDFA, DokLeipzig, Rotterdam IFF, Warsaw IFF, Sheffield Doc/ Fest, Vision du Reel, Hot Docs and others.

Giedrė Žickytė is a member of European Film Academy, Lithuanian Film Academy, Lithuanian Filmmakers Union and European Documentary Network, alumni of Berlinale Talent Campus, Sources2, CPH:DOX LAB and EURODOC.


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 Žickytė

Dir. of Photography: Audrius Kemežys

Music: Giedrius Puskunigis, Jurga Šeduikytė

Producer: Dagnė Vildžiūnaitė