‘Nova Lituania’, directed by Karolis Kaupinis, has won the best fiction film award at Riga International Film Festival. Another Lithuanian film, Aistė Žegulytė's ‘Animus Animalis’, was awarded a special prize.
‘Nova Lituania’, a story about a geography professor in interwar Lithuania and his efforts to convince the government to set up a ‘backup’ country overseas, has previously won a top prize at the Athens Film Festival.
Starring Aleksas Kazanavičius, Valentinas Masalksis and Vaidotas Martinaitis, ‘Nova Lituania’ is the first feature by Kaupinis, a journalist and author of several short films.
The film premiered last summer at the Karlovy Vary International Film Festival, in the Czech Republic, and is to be released in Lithuania next year.
In Riga, the film was screened as part of the Baltic competition which also included ‘Animus Animalis’, a documentary about taxidermists.