Cineast 2020: Motherland
Original title: Gimtine, Lithuania, Latvia, Germany, Greece 2019, drama 96 min. VO, EN subtitles
Directed by Tomas Vengris, written by Tomas Vengris, with Severija Janušauskaitė, Matas Metlevski, Darius Gumauskas, Barbora Bareikytė
An immersive coming-of-age story set during one fine summer in post-Soviet Lithuania.
Shortly after the fall of the USSR, Viktorija returns to her homeland. It has been 20 years since she left. Her teenage, American-born son Kovas is expecting nothing more than a summer holiday distraction in a country that feels semi-exotic, but Viktorija´s plans are different. Consumed with nostalgia and emotionally tired after her failed marriage, she is hoping for a new start.
Told through the inquisitive eyes of Kovas, Motherland is a lyrical coming-of-age story set in post-Soviet Lithuania. Relying on its remarkable cinematography which creates a slightly detached and askew perspective, and its magnificent performances, the film offers an unusual and immersive experience.