In general, the programme of the festival seems very promising this year – it might be caused by the fact that previous year had been pretty “fruitful” in the world of cinema and the films such as “Wuthering Heights”, “Shame” or “We Need To Talk About Kevin” finally were brought to Lithuania. The festival contains about 200 movies and offers a variety of programmes – from "Horizons" to "American Independents", a comedy sub-festival or so called "Midnight Screenings". Personally, I put my expectations to the programme of documentaries. The programme consists of such names as Werner Herzog, Victor Kossakovsky and films as “Whores` Glory” or “George Harrison: Living in the Material World”.
Those who were thrilled by the last year amazing premiere of “Berlinale” and FIPRESCI prize winning documentary “Barzakh” and came to the festival to see some extra-fresh Lithuanian movies might be disappointed – the festival is not offering any vivid premieres of Lithuanian movies this year. Instead – a wide assortment of shorts made not only by professionals, but also film students or even amateurs. Lithuanian film critics argue that this might be misleading when all these films are represented under the definition of Lithuanian cinema. Still, the highlights of the previous year as “Tadas Blinda. The Legend is Born”, “Fortress of the Sleeping Butterflies”, “The Field of Magic”, "Ramin" or “How We Played Revolution” are listed in the programme.
But now I leave the crowdy foyer, run into the cinema hall to take a seat in the first row and to be the first reached by the cinema. All the birthdays and distribution of my anxieties or felicities later.