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Exemplary Behaviour

Documentary Film
Bulgaria,
Italy,
Lithuania,
Slovenia
2019
85 minutes
subtitles: 
English

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Rasa Miškinytė, Martichka Bozhilova, Igor Pediček, Edoardo Fracchia
Audrius Mickevičius, Nerijus Milerius
Marjan Šijanec
Audrius Kemezys, Valdas Jarutis, Julius Žalnierukynas, Audrius Mickevičius
Ema Konstantinova, Armas Rudaitis
Rimas Sakalauskas
Audrius Mickevičius, Georgi Tenev
Saulius Urbanavičius
Audrius Mickevičius puts the horribly disfigured face of his murdered brother at the start of his film. He’s interested in the question of how someone atones for such an act. With regard to this particular crime one could say: far too short, because the murderer is released after only five years on the grounds that he proved himself to be an exemplary prisoner. Mickevičius doesn’t confine himself to this individual case, though, but raises his film to a more general level: “Exemplary Behaviour” is almost a meditation about the question whether a final act like murder can be atoned for in a temporal order – and whether the passing of time allows the victim’s family to forgive.

Mickevičius uses the example of two lifers (one of them gets married and wants to have children, the other pours his whole passion into an idea of craftsmanship) and a philosopher with prison experience (Bernhard Stiegler) to make that strange state of suspended life comprehensible. The elegiac undertone is finally reinforced by the information that Audrius Mickevičius fell ill and died during the production of “Exemplary Behaviour”. The film was completed by Nerijus Milerius.

Bert Rebhandl



Awarded with a Golden Dove in the International Competition Long Film, with the Prize of the Interreligious Jury and with the FIPRESCI Prize.

One Life

Documentary Film
Lithuania
2019
19 minutes
subtitles: 
English

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Andrėja Čebatavičiūtė, Giedrė Žickytė
Marija Stonytė
Jurga Šeduikytė
Laura Aliukonytė, Marija Stonytė
Danielius Kokanauskis, Marija Stonytė
Marija Stonytė
Mindaugas Šmėga
Lithuania is proud of its great variety of butterflies. Around 100 species explore the country every year. Marija Stonytė has produced a documentary declaration of love to these magnificent summer birds. Tenderly, a woman breeds butterflies in her flat, observes them pupate, hatch, beat their wings for the first time. Humans keep trying again and again to stage nature for their own purposes. They may ultimately be no more than spectators on cheap seats who witness magic.

Julia Weigl