Vilnius Film Fest 2015 Preview: A Look At The Best Of Central European And Balkan Cinema

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The capital of Lithuania will soon open its gates to cineastes, with the Vilnius Film Festival "Kino Parsavaris", the largest cinematic event in Lithuania. Roaming the streets of the second biggest city of the Baltic states. The fest runs from March 19 until April 2.

The twenty year anniversary of Vilnius will be celebrated with a full retrospective of French enfant terrible, Leos Carax . After 18 years Carax comes back to Vilnius with the Alex trilogy (Boy Meets Girl - 1984, The Night is Young- 1986, The Lovers on the Bridge- 1991) to the enigmatic Holy Motors. The retrospective also includes Tessa Louise-Salomé's documentary on the man, Mr. X.

Among the selections are Lisandro Alonso's Jauja, Chaitanya Tamhane's directorial debut Court, the Turkish coming of age drama Sivas,, the Vietnamese banned The Inseminator, Greek´s queer dramedy Xenia, and Peter Strickland's beguiling and erotic The Duke of Burgundy.

Baltic Gaze is the competition section from the region mixing a variety of different themes and formats such as a Signe Baumane´s autobiographical animated feature debut Rocks in My Pockets, a Silver Bear winner from Poland- Body, and from Russian filmmaking maverick Alexey Fedorchenko's Angels of Revolution

The Masters section speaks for itself, with Academy Award winner  Birdman, Peter Greenaway's Berlinale bowing Eisenstein in Guanajuato, Abel Ferrar's Pasolini, Kim Ki-duk's most recent outing, One on One, Silver Bear Grand Jury winner The Club by Chilean director Pablo Larrain and Golden Bear endowed dissident guerrilla docu-fiction from Tehran, Jafar Panahi´s Taxi.

For the full lineup of the fest please visit the official website.

Below you'll find a gallery with capsule reviews of some of the festival's offerings -- enjoy!
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