Lithuanian filmmaker Karolis Kaupinis has won the best director award for his debut feature, Nova Lituania, at goEast – Festival of Central and Eastern European Film in Wiesbaden, Germany.
Nova Lituania was among 16 competition titles in the main programme. The best director award was awarded to Kaupinis by an international panel, the film's representatives said.
A total of 107 films from 40 countries were screened during the festival.
The 20th edition of goEast ran on May 5-11 and, due to the coronavirus pandemic, part of the festival was moved online, while the remaining events will take place later.
Set in the years just before World War Two, Nova Lituania tells a story of a geography professor who strives to convince the Lithuanian government to set up a back-up state overseas in order to insure against the impending doom.
Starring Aleksas Kazanavičius, Valentinas Masalksis and Vaidotas Martinaitis, the film is the first feature by Kaupinis, a journalist and author of several short films.
Nova Lituania has already won the Golden Athena award at Athens Film Festival and won the top prize at Riga Film Festival. Nova Lituania has also received the special Cineuropa Prize at Vilnius International Film Festival Kino Pavasaris.