(In Production) Excemplary Behaviour creative documentary. Writers: Audrius Mickevičius & Georgi Tenev, Director Audrius Mickevičius. Producer Rasa Miškinyte, Era Film (Lithuania), co-producer Martichka Bozhilova, AGITPROP (Bulgaria); and Edoardo Fracchia, Stefilm International (Italy).

Short Synopsis: 

A few years ago my elder brother was killed by two men. One of the murderers escaped punishment, while the second, who alone took the blame for the crime, was later released from prison for exemplary behaviour.

The film explores the paradox of exemplary behaviour in murderers currently serving life sentences in Vilnius’ Lukiškės prison and hoping to return to society. It is a strong emotional journey of transformation for the author, the prisoners, and society who are searching for tolerance among humans. 

“Exemplary Behaviour” is an ambitious author-driven documentary with high artistic intentions, great narrative richness, appealing to the wide international audience. 

https://vimeo.com/154614788

 

(In Post production) Leaving One's Home short documentary. Writer & Director Miglė Statauskaitė. Producer Producer Rasa Miskinyte, Era Film (Lithuania). Production supported by Lithuanian Film Centre and by private financiers.

Short Synopsis

Veteran mountain climber Algimantas Jucevicius once said that the biggest victory one can achieve is to leave one’s home. He’s inspired hundreds of people to leave their comfort zone and expand their horizons. This film will follow Algimantas’ latest expedition to the Tian Shan mountains in Kyrgyzstan. We will walk side by side with Algimantas and will get to know the character of this leader and adventurer and his perspective on taking risks, facing extreme conditions, losing friends and gaining wisdom.

 

(In Development) Napoleon's Lost Imperial Gold. Writers: Nick Holdsworth & Rasa Miškinytė. Producers Rasa Miškinytė Era Film (Lithuania) & Nick Holdsworth Holdsworth Films Ltd (United Kingdom).

Short Synopsis: Napoleon's Lost Imperial Gold is an innovative creative documentary that combines a professional archaeological excavation with dramatised episodes, archive material, trans-media applications and expert commentary to explore the day Napoleon's army died.

The past is all around us.

In Vilnius - where monasteries and churches little changed over the centuries are spread like a web throughout the city - the crumbling walls of ancient buildings whisper of ghosts of the past.

The enfeebled remnants of Napoleon's army that limped into the city, seeking refugee on their frostbitten retreat from Moscow in 1812, would recognise much of the city today.

The past is never far away in Vilnius.

Twenty minutes' drive west of the city there is a small forest-fringed pasture where on a December's day in 1812, Napoleon Grande Armee finally met its match in the form of an ice- covered hill.

Nothing remains to suggest this is a sight where a great dream of uniting Europe came to an i gnominious end.

A huge jam of men, animals and the materiel of war packed into the bottom of the hill, including the army's pay train containing 10 million francs. When one wagon toppled over on the slippery road, spilling gold and silver coins, any shred of remaining military discipline evaporated, unleashing a fatal scramble for loot. Soon the snow-covered meadow and forest floor was soaked in blood and littered with discarded and lost treasures.

Gold and silver coins are small and easily lost in confusion and fear. Trampled into the snow and ice, when the snows melted many would have sunk into the ground.

No serious attempt has ever been made to systematically recover what was lost on Ponary Hill that day. By employing a film based around the archaeological dig as a portal into the past, Napoleon's Lost Imperial Gold will tell the epic, dramatic - and horrific - story of an ill-fated campaign that cost the lives of over 400,000 members of the invading force.

 

Produced films:

PREZIDENTINIS KARO LAIVAS (Presidential Warship), 55:27, 2017. Writers: Rasa Miškinytė and Linas Augutis, Director Linas Augutis. Production of ERA FILM with the support of LRT (Lithuanian National Television and Radio) / Lithuanian Defence Minsitry/ LATGA.

Sinopsis (LT) - Atrasti neįtikėtini archyviniai kadrai. Ar tai kadrai to laivo, kurio ieškome?

Filmo komanda ieško prieškario Nepriklausomos Lietuvos vienintelio karo laivo "Prezidentas Smetona". Šio laivo jau seniai ieško ir jūrų archeologai vadovaujami Akademiko Vlado Žulkaus.

Burlaiviu "Brabender" leidžiamės į jūrine ekspediciją, šalia Estijos krantų, tikėdamiesi rasti nuskendusio Prezidentinio karo laivo liekanas. 

Synopsis (EN) - Unexpected archival footage was found. Could it be from the warship we were looking for?

A film crew is on the lookout for the warship "Prezidentas Smetona". The one and only warship from the pre-war Independent Lithuania. For many years, the same ship was also sought by a group of maritime archeologists who were led by an academic Vladas Žulkus.

Our film crew gets on a sailing ship "Brabender" and starts their maritime archaeological expedition in hopes of finding the remains of "Prezidentas Smetona".

 

THE MAN SLAYER.THE VIRGIN. THE SHADOW , 142' , 2017 - drama. Writer / Director  Sulev Keedus (Estonia). Producer Kaie-Ene Rääk comapny F-Seitse (Estonia), Co-producer Rasa Miškinytė comapny ERA FILM (Lithuania). Sales Agent - ANT!PODE SALES & DISTRIBUTION. World Premier at POFF, Tallinn 2017 November 25. 

AWARDS: Best Music award, Best Cinematography award at POFF, Black Nights Fillm Festival, Tallinn.

 

Trailer

 

THE LITTLE BOAT (LAIVELIS)-  hybrid life shooting & animation, 3'35", 2016. The Concept Authors Rasa Miškinytė and Giedrė Narušytė Boots/Director Giedrė Narušytė Boots. Co-production KASK Ghent, Belgium) and ERA FILM (Lithuania). Release 2017. World Premier at Canada Kids Film Festival, Toronto September 22, 2017.

Synopsis - A lullaby is for all sleepers, but especially for non-sleepers who do not like to sleep or to take a nap.

A lullaby will make children yawn and fall asleep. 'The Little Boat' brings them to the ocean of ​​dreams ... There is already a little white kitten and she is dreaming... that she is somewhere else…

The evening blurs the contours of the room. The night paints the walls a sky blue colour with bright stars and moon.

The Lullaby is based on the poem "The Little Boat" by Daniil Charms. 

 

BLUEBEARD (MĖLYNBARZDIS) - animation, 4'35", 2016. The Author/Director Giedrė Narušytė Boots. Co-production KASK Ghent, Belgium) and ERA FILM (Lithuania). Release 2017.

Synopsis - It seems that a piece of someone’s beard is kept in the dark labyrinth of a monastery. The beard is blue, sky-blue to be exact. Why must it remain hidden? Is it a relic of Bluebeard, the wife-murderer who had such great power of attraction? Is it still dangerous? Or attractive?

This animation film is an interpretation of the fairy tale ‘Bluebeard’ as described by Clarissa Pinkola Estés in her book ‘Women Who Run With the Wolves’. The forbidden door in Bluebeard’s castle could only be opened by a bloody key. What secret was kept hidden, locked behind that door? Does Bluebeard live in his dark castle…or in our mind?

 

COLD SPRINGS (ŠALTI ŠAILINIAI) - producer, animation, 4'38" digital cut out, 2015. The Author/Director Giedrė Narušytė Boots. Co-production KASK Ghent, Belgium) and ERA FILM (Lithuania). Premier April 2, 2016 at Vilnius International Film Festifal Kino Pavasaris.Film nominated for Silver Crane award in the section short animated films. 

Synopsis - ‘Cold Springs’ is a nostalgic interpretation of ‘Litauische Geschichten’ (1917) (‘Lithuanian Stories’) by Hermann Sudermann. After the winter comes the outbreak of spring, melting snow, broken ice, rising water blurring all edges and borders. Floating pictures are accompanied by authentic sounds of the frozen lake in Cold Springs village (Šaltų Šaltinių kaimas), Lithuania.

 

ПОД КОЛПАКОМ - UNDER THE HOOD (STEBIMI) – producer, creative documentary 75 DVcam, 2013. Directors Mark Byrne & Robert Dennis. Co-production Planet Korda Pictures (Ireland) and ERA FILM (Lithuania), MDR, TVP2, Belsat TV, ERR. 

Synopsis - In Belarus, some battle for democracy, social justice and civil rights, while others struggle just to survive. Under the Hood brings us on a journey through a country where the secret police is still known as the KGB and gathering in public to do nothing is considered a crime. Shot in conditions of secrecy, the film takes us from the protests and secret opposition meetings of the capital, Minsk, to the horse-drawn carts and hand-tilled fields of the countryside. The stories heard along the way remind us how close Belarus is to the rest of Europe – and how very far away.

Trailer

 

DREAMING THE PATH (SAPNUOJU, KAD EINU) - producer, creative documentary, 85 HD, 2012. Director Jokubas Vilius Turas.

AWARDS: "Silver Crane" as the best feature lenght documentary 2013, Lithuania.

Synopsis - Dreaming the Path is a road movie about self-discovery and a quest for lost faith, during which the author undertakes a gruelling journey on foot from his home in Vilnius to join the “camino” to Santiago de Compostela. Braving the harsh Polish and German winter, marvelling at the French spring, and enduring the hot Spanish summer, the author must also find inner strength and courage to overcome hardship, frustration, and the self-destructive lifestyle he engaged in during his youth. In a test of willpower, patience and love, and overcoming crippling doubt, he regains hope and joy of life.

Dreaming the Path is a film about human values against destruction, life against death, and faith against disbelief. 

 

Trailer

 

THE ONE AND ONLY (VIENINTELIS, NEPAKARTOJAMAS IR PASKUNIS) – producer, writer, creative documentary, 56, HDV, 2012. Director Linas Augutis. In co-production with LRT.

AWARDS: Nominated for the "Silver Crane" as the best TV documentary 2012, Lithuania.

Trailer

 

BOOK SMUGGLERS (KNYGNEŠIAI) – producer, creative documentary, 73’/52’, HD, 2010. Director Jeremiah Cullinane, Planet Korda Pictures (Ireland) co-produced by Vinegar Hill Productions (N. Ireland), TG4, BBC N.I., LRT.

AWARDS: The film was awarded the Silver Crane – Lithuanian “Lion” for the best Cinematographic work. The Golden Grape Award in Documentary Films Category of 40th Lubuskie Film Summer  Lagovo, Poland, 2011

Synopsis - An Irish language songwriter and poet travels to Lithuania to tell the story of the 19th century Knygnesiai, or Book Smugglers – those who risked their lives to protect Lithuanian against Russification, not through armed resistance but by smuggling books, newspapers, magazines into the country from Prussia and distributing them along clandestine networks. In retracing their history, through the forests and along the rivers, the poet is bound to reflect on the decline of his own language, and the relationship between the language we speak and our national and personal identity.

 

www.booksmugglersthemovie.com

 

SHARUNAS BARTAS, AN ARMY OF ONE (ŠARŪNAS BARTAS. VIENAS – LAUKE KARYS) – co-producer, creative documentary, 51’, Dvcam, 2010. Director Guillame Coudray, Letimotiv Productions, France, in co-production with LRT.

AWARDS: Nominated for the "Silver Crane" as the best documentary film award, 2010, Lithuania

Synopsis - As a young man, I came to Vilnius 10 years ago to work with Lithuanian master filmmaker Sharunas Bartas. I wanted to discover what made Bartas' films so exceptional, with a unique balance of visual contemplation and dissolved narration. I lived in a corner of his "studio", an old wooden house in the middle of the forest, and bits by bits started to get inside his elusive creative process. But the full picture was missing. In order to put things together, I needed to come back.

 

Trailer

 

VILNIUS – THE CITY I HAVE NEVER KNOWN (VILNIUS – MIESTAS, KURIO NEPAŽINOJAU): 3 Documentaries, 3 Directors, 3 Countries, 3 Points of View. Directors: Dzintar Dreibergs (Latvia), Kristin Raup (Estonia), Bram Crols (Belgium). Produced by "ERA FILM" for "Vilnius - the Capital of European Culture 2009".

Making of

 

THE OTHER SIDE OF THE WALL (LES DERNIÈRES HEURES DU MUR) - line producer, creative documentary 2 episodes 52’, HD, 2009. Director Jean-Francois Delassus, production of MAXIMAL PRODUCTIONS, France.

 

THE BUG TRAINER (VABZDŽIŲ DRESUOTOJAS) – producer, creative documentary 53 min. HD/35 mm, 2008. Script Linas, Donatas Ulvydas, Jonas Banys; directors:  Linas Augutis, Donatas Ulvydas, Marek Skrobecki, Rasa Miskinyte; Co-produced by Se-ma-for, Poland; In co-production with broadcasters NHK (Japan), AVRO (The Netherlands), YLE (Finland); In association with DR (Denmark); SVT (Sweden); NRK (Norway), TSR (Switzerland), ETV (Estonia); LRT (Lithuania).

AWARDS: Jury Prize (16th International Minsk film Festival); Best Animated Educational Film (ReAniamania'09  International  Animation  Film  festival  in  Yerevan);  Grand  Prix  (InternationalBerdiansk  Film  Festival);  Lithuanian  Cinema  and  TV  film  awards  "Silver  Crane":  for the best script; for the best soundtrack; for the best directing; and for the best producer’s work, 2009, Lithuania.

Logline - The life story of the puppeteer driven by the love story of puppets

Synopsis - The Bug Trainer is a animated documentary film about Ladislas Starewitch (1882 – 1965), a pioneer of puppet animation and a contemporary of cinematography, one of the most mystique and controversial creators of 20th century. He was named as a true Wizard and an Alchemist of animation, whose wizardry was born in Lithuania in the beginning of 20th c. He got his fame in Russia and flourished in his full power in France. Unique methods of animation, never disclosed to the others, - who was he?  

Trailer

 

A TRIP TO THE GREAT LITTLE COUNTRY (LIETUVA – DIDELĖ MAŽA ŠALIS)  - producer of music short film , 5’10”, HD, 2007. Commissioned by Lithuanian Institut.

AWARDS: Prize for creativity (Art&Tur Festival – International Tourism Film Festival).

Film

 

SPANISH FOR ADULTS (ISPANŲ KALBA SUAUGUSIEMS) – producer creative documentary 53’, DVcam, 2007. Script/directing Tomas Tamosaitis. Co-production with Evohe Films, Spain and Televisio de Catalunya (Spain), in association with ZDF/Arte (Germany/France) and YLE (Finland).

AWARDS: First prize in the category for documentary over 40min (TRANSYT, Poland); Grand Prix of the 10th International Film Festival (Lublin, Poland)

 

LITHUANIA - A TANK AND THE GIRL (LITAUEN – DAS MÄDCHEN UND DIE PANZER) - line producer, documentary 52”, DigiBeta, 2007. Directors André MEIER and Isabell BLÖCHL, Company LE Vision GmbH (Germany) in association with MDR/Arte Germany and LRT Lithuania.

 

THE FAREWELL AFFAIR (L’AFFAIRE FARWELL) - line producer, documentary 2 episodes 52”, DigiBeta, 2007. Director Jean-Francois Delassus, production of Roche Production, France, in co-production with ZDF, ARTE G.E.I.E., YLE.

 

THE BUS – co-producer, creative documentary , 56’, 16mm, colour, 2004. Co-production of ACUBA FILM, Estonia – HARGLA FILM, Latvia – ERA FILM, Lithuania and, LRT (Lithuania), YLE (Finland), DR (Denmark), ETV (Estonia), LTV (Latvia), NDR/ARTE (Germany).  

AWARDS: First prize as the best Baltic co-production, Arsenals 2005 (Latvia).

 

SELECTED FILMOGRAPHY for LRT

Associated producer documentary THE PUTIN SYSTEM  95’, Digi Beta, 2007. Author Jean-Michel Carre in association with Jill Emery. Company Les Films Grain De Sable, France2, NDR, LRT.

Co-producer of creative documentary PARNOGRAPHY (ANIMAZONE), 52’, super 16mm, 2005. Director Hardi Volmer, producer Arko Okk, Acuba Film Production, Estonia

Co-producer for TV serie NEW STARS OF EUROPE, 8x28’ , 2004, DVCam. Co-production of AXEL FILM, Denmark and 8 Public Broadcasters of new EU members. AWARDS:  Television, Europe Civis media prize, 2004.

 

 

 

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