Motherland

Tomas Vengris

Lithuania, Latvia, Germany, Greece201996 MinLithuanian, English, Russian

Subtitles: FR, EN, ES, DE, NL, HU, IT, PL, PT, RO

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After a long time spent in the US, in 1992 a Lithuanianborn woman returns to her homeland to go back to her childhood home. Her nostalgia contrasts with her son’s discoveries as he visits Lithuania for the first time. A sensitive and touching film with a melancholy atmosphere, this debut feature film explores the themes of heritage and the inability of teenagers and adults to understand one another.

- Olivier Père, Director of ARTE France Cinéma -

Motherland

(Gimtine)

Shortly after the fall of the USSR, 12-year-old Kovas travels to his mother Viktorija’s homeland for the first time. She escaped Soviet- Occupied Lithuania 20 years ago, and now returns to reclaim her beloved family estate. When they find the tattered estate occupied by an impoverished Russian family, they must consider how far they are willing to go to keep their dreams intact.

  • Busan IFF 2019 - Flash Forward
  • Starring:  Matas Metlevski, Severija Janušauskaitė, Darius Gumauskas, Barbora Bareikytė
  • Production:  Studio Uljana Kim, Studio Locomotive, Heimathafen Film
  • International Sales:  Alpha Violet

Told through the eyes of the child – and the picture places a great deal of weight on the brooding, watchful performance of its young star, Matas Metlevski – this is an impressive feature debut which explores ideas of cultural identity and legacy.

- Screen Daily -

Tomas Vengris

Tomas Vengris grew up the son of Lithuanian immigrants in Washington and received his BA from Columbia University. After working as a corporate consultant for a year, he decided to pursue his lifelong passion of filmmaking. He began working as a film editor and soon after completed his M.F.A in Directing at the American Film Institute in Los Angeles, CA.

The film sets a specific story of personal upheaval against the backdrop of Lithuanian independence. It is not a traditional coming-of-age film.