Eastern drift

Indigene d'Eurasie
Director: Šarūnas Bartas

Lithuania, France, Russia, criminal drama, 111 min., 2010, lithuanian and english subtitles
“Eastern Drift” is an uncompromising crime ballad about a fugitive outlaw Gena (Šarūnas Bartas) and his perilous and miserable odyssey across Eastern Europe to France. A criminal from his teenage years, Gena finally makes a decision to start a new life. He intends to leave for Western Europe in the company of a French girl (Elisa Sednaoui). Unfortunately, he lacks money and sets out to Moscow to reclaim his share of the prostitution business he once backed. Here, he has to face his former colleagues who are not willing to give up the money easily as well as Sasha, a prostitute and a lover who has her own vision of her future with Gena. Haunted by doubt, and risking his life and the life of Sasha, Gena resolves to kill a big mafia boss – the only way to retrieve his money. Following the aftermath, he is forced to flee desperately into the unknown. The film pictures the grim and cold early 21st century world where physical and moral limits lose any meaning.
The film premiered in the prestigious “Forum” section of the 60th Berlin Film Festival. The audience of Kaunas Film Festival has an exceptional opportunity to be the first to see and appreciate one of the most significant Lithuanian films of this year.

2010 – Silver Cranes for the Best Lithuanian Film, Best Director (Šarūnas Bartas) and Best Actress (Klaudiya Korshunova) in the Lithuanian Film Awards.

About the director:
Born in 1964, Šarūnas Bartas belongs to the generation of Lithuanian filmmakers (Audrius Stonys, Arūnas Matelis, Arturas Jevdokimovas) who debuted in the erratic 1980s and developed a unique and exceptional style from the very first films. Šarūnas Bartas graduated from the Moscow Institute of Cinematography (VGIK), debuted with the now lost documentary “Tofolaria”, and received wide critical acclaim with a short enacted documentary “In Memory of the Day Passed By” (Praėjusios dienos atminimui, 1989). His later films – “Three Days” (Trys dienos, 1991), “Corridor” (Koridorius, 1994), “Few of Us” (Mūsų nedaug, 1996), “A Casa” (Namai, 1997), “Freedom” (Laisvė, 2000), “Seven Invisible Men” (Septyni nematomi žmonės, 2005) – were screened and won numerous prestigious awards in the film festivals of Berlin, Cannes, Venice, Torino, and Thessaloniki.

Section: Wide angle

Screenplay: Šarūnas Bartas, Catherine Paillé

Dir. of Photography: Šarūnas Bartas

Music: Alexander Zekke

Cast: Šarūnas Bartas, Elisa Sednaoui, Erwan Ribard, Klaudija Koršunova, Arūnas Storpirštis