‘Nova Lituania’, the first feature film by the Lithuanian director Karolis Kaupinis, has won the Golden Athena award at the Athens Film Festival's international competition section.
Eleven films vied for the award which comes with a cash prize of 2,000 euros.
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, ‘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.