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Countryman

Director: Deimantas Narkevičius

Lithuania, video film, 19 min., 2002, english subtitles
The narrative of the film “Countryman” is based on the monologues of two individuals who do not know each other. These monologues belong to a young sculptor intending to leave his country, and to a young female student who has just left her homeland. Neither of the characters is a typical economic or political emigrant. They share a common hunger for new experiences in another country and another cultural context. Both young people delve into the issues that they deem personally relevant, without attaching too much importance to linear sequence. The visual structure of the film is aimed at creating visual suggestions of these two documentary narratives without showing the actual narrators. The sculptor speaks while showing a portrait of the national hero he created, while the monologue of the young student is accompanied by snapshots of her first days in the foreign city. The first reflections of travelling, moving houses and new experiences are compared with the point of departure, the city which they know well; from the very first moments of departure, this starting point becomes an object of remembrance.
Section: Deimantas Narkevičius film retrospective

Screenplay: Deimantas Narkevičius

Dir. of Photography: Audrius Kemežys

Music: Richard Wagner