Lithuanian film retrospective in Paris

Extensive Lithuanian film retrospective in Paris inaugurated year-long celebration of statehood restoration centenary

The Cinémathèque Française in Paris is hosting one of the biggest projects presenting Lithuania’s national cinema, a two-week long film retrospective which opened yesterday. It also marks the launch of a cycle of events in France to celebrate the centenary of the restoration of Lithuania’s statehood. The French cinema-going public will have the chance to explore the most extensive programme of Lithuanian film put together in recent years, covering several generations of filmmakers and a variety of genres and styles, Lithuanian Film Centre announced in its press release. […]

Jonas Mekas in his loft   Photo Ludo Segers

Out-take of a diary. Interview with Jonas Mekas

Lithuania and the world lost one of the most talented film makers of our times. The New York Times wrote in its obituary: ‘It is rare to have consensus on the pre-eminence of any person in the arts. But few would argue that Mr. Mekas, who was often called the godfather or the guru of the New American Cinema — his name for the underground film movement of the 1950s and ’60s — was the leading champion of the kind of film that doesn’t show at the multiplex.’ Please, read an interview with Jonas Mekas done in his home in New York. Let’s remember one of the greatest Lithuanians of our times.

Here is a interview with Jonas Mekas in March 2015. Jonas speaks speaks about how the art scene changes and benefits from technological changes. He also answers some questions from prominent Lithuanians. […]