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45'

Lithuania, 2004

Production : Studja Litnek

Programmed by Arnaud Hée

Lithuanian

French, English


The films of Audrius Stonys



Synopsis


Following in the footsteps of Augustinas Baltrušaitis, a renowned film and theater director and actor of the Soviet era, Stonys leads a reverse investigation into the motives that led his alter-ego being put into the limbo of society and memory.

Tënk's opinion


This investigation of Augustinas Baltrušaitis, the filmmaker who made the mistake of being a loose cannon in the USSR, can also be seen as a meditative study by Audrius Stonys about history’s legacy with regard to filmmaking, given that he grew up in the USSR and himself became a “post-soviet” person. In slivers and snatches, “Countdown” paints the portrait of an absent man – so absent that even his friends and family don’t know if he’s still alive. From their various descriptions, from clues, each viewer forms an image of Baltrušaitis, formulating their own theory. He has simply evaporated thanks to the Soviet authorities’ capacity to make people disappear into the blind spots, into interior exile. But this erasing is counterbalanced by the emergence of an impressive presence in the world, producing a peculiar emotion, and making it all the more captivating.

Arnaud Hée
Programmer, teacher and critic

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