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Invited Films 2019

4 March, 6:30 PM, Nandan III (Inaugural Film)

Wonderful Losers. A Different World
Nuostabieji luzeriai. Kita planeta

Dir: Arunas Matelis

71min | Documentary | colour | Lithuania | 2017


For most of us, the cyclists riding at the back of a race are simply losers. They are called water carriers, domestiques, gregarios, who sacrifice their careers and forego personal victories so their team leaders can win. They have no chance of victory. What drives them on to keep putting their bodies on the line through excruciating pain and demoralising anonymity? Arunas Matelis followed these Sancho Panza’s of professional cycling for 7 years during the prestigious Giro d’Italia and revealed the unseen world from the point of view of the doctors’ team. Our bike heroes crash, rise — and race again.


Warsaw Film Festival – Best Documentary 2017

Minsk Listapad Film Festival – Grand-Prix for Best Documentary 2018

Minsk Listapad Film Festival – Audience Award 2018

Lithuanian Filmmakers Union Award – Best Lithuanian Film 2017

Trieste Film Festival – Best Documentary 2018

National Lithuanian Film Awards – Best Documentary 2018

National Lithuanian Film Awards – Best Composer 2018

National Lithuanian Film Awards –People’s Choice 2018

Baltijos Banga International Film Festival – People’s Choice 2018

Ulju Mountain Film Festival – Best Exploration & Adventure film 2018

Kendal Mountain Film Festival – Special Jury Prize 2018

Bilbao Mendi Film Festival – Best Director 2018


7 March, 6 PM, Goethe-Institut / Max Mueller Bhavan

Bridges of Time

Dir: Kristine Briede & Audrius Stonys

70min | Documentary | colour | Lithuania | 2018


Kristine Briede and Audrius Stonys’s meditative documentary essay portrays the less-remembered generation of cinema poets of the Baltic New Wave. With finesse, they push beyond the barriers of the common historiographic investigation in order to achieve a consummate poetic treatment of the ontology of documentary creation.

8 March, 6 PM, Goethe-Institut / Max Mueller Bhavan

Junha’s Planet

Dir: Hong Hyung-sook

70min | Documentary | colour | Korea | 2018


Junha (11) is the most difficult child at school. His autism causes him to attack his classmates and sometimes even teachers without warning. Consequently, the invisible curtains grow around him. Each outburst further isolates Junha from his community as his teachers and peers struggle daily to find a way to live ‘with’ Junha. It’s never easy. The camera provides an intimate look into this small society, leaving the question; what is a human entity and how is it connected? Kepler once said that “Every planet in the universe has its own melody.” Junha’s Planet is a documentary film that attempts to listen into the melody echoing deep from within the tiny universe of its protagonist, Junha.

9 March, 6 PM, Goethe-Institut / Max Mueller Bhavan

A Northern Soul

Dir: Sean McAllister

73min | Documentary | colour | UK | 2018


Following 2015’s Doc/Fest Grand Jury Winner A Syrian Love Story, Sean McAllister returns to his hometown, Hull, as curator of its’ UK City of Culture opening. Back living with his 90-year-old parents and reflecting on changes to a city hit by cuts in public spending and divided by Brexit, Sean is drawn to the fringes of town where he encounters Steve – a struggling warehouse worker with a dream.

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