When I Was a Partisan

Kai aš buvau partizanas
Director: Vytautas V. Landsbergis

Lithuania, 2008, drama, 64 mins., Lithuanian with English subtitles

Director is pursuing to remind of the recent past of Lithuania: the partisan war. However the approach this film applies is rather unusual – that of psychotherapy.

An Actor is playing the part of a partisan in a theater play. During the play he starts hallucinating and starts believing he's a boy amidst the post-war turmoil in Lithuania. As the visions repeat themselves, theater makeup artist suggests that the Actor should consult the Old man living in a mill. Once the Actor comes to the mill, he faces his own past.

The director of the film states, that while writing this film he referred to the thoughts of C. G. Jung, that a human is reborn in order to fulfill the task assigned to him and unfulfilled in earlier lives.

About the director

Vytautas V. Landsbergis (born on the 25th of 1962 in Vilnius, Lithuania) – a poet, writer, theater and film director, writer of children's literature.

A graduate of Lithuanian Philology studies in Vilnius University. He studied film directing in Tbilisi Theater Institute and Anthology Film Archive in New York. He attended film directing in the courses for young European theater directors in Leeds, UK. Until present he has directed over twenty films of various durations and genres.


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: Vytautas V. Landsbergis

Dir. of Photography: Audrius Kemežys

Music: Vidmantas Blažys

Producer: Ramunė Rakauskaitė