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2014.01.31 11:42

Scandinavian Film Festival in LA showcased a Lithuanian movie

Virginijus Sinkevičius | The Lithuania Tribune | DELFI2014.01.31 11:42

Virginijus Sinkevičius | The Lithuania Tribune The 15th annual Scandinavian Film Festival took place in Los Angeles (SFFLA) on 18-26 January 2014 in took place.

 Virginijus Sinkevičius | The Lithuania Tribune

The 15th annual Scandinavian Film Festival took place in Los Angeles (SFFLA) on 18-26 January 2014 in took place.

Since 1999, the SFFLA has had Nordic films “wintering” in Southern California with a feast of films from Denmark, Finland, Iceland, Norway, and Sweden.

This year the festival offered a new treat for its visitors – the Baltic Film Expo – that takes a look at cinematographic works of the Baltic Sea neighbourhood, presenting films from Latvia, Lithuania, and Estonia.

Thanks to a special collaboration of the SFFLA and the Baltic Honorary Consulate in Los Angeles, this year’s programme was supplemented by this exciting debut of the Baltic Film Expo.

Lithuanian Honorary Consul in Los Angeles Daiva Navaretė commented on the event: “In a town where life largely revolves around film, we’ve taken a cinematic approach to promoting the Baltic countries to a larger Los Angeles audience. Baltic Film Expo provides a unique opportunity for the Los Angeles film community to explore and discover new cinematic offerings from Lithuania, Latvia and Estonia!”

Lithuania’s participation in the film festival was made possible due to the support of the Lithuania’n Ministry of Culture and the Lithuanian Film Centre.

This year all three Baltic countries submitted their films to be considered for the Oscar’s Best Foreign Language Film nomination, and it is these films that were showcased during the Baltic Film Expo too.

Lithuania screened its this year’s Oscar entry “Conversations on Serious Topics” – a documentary film directed by Giedrė Beinoriūtė.

Although Lithuania, after it had achieved independence in 1991, has been invited to submit a film each year, this is only the 6th film that Lithuania has submitted for Oscar consideration since 2006.

Lithuanian composer Gediminas Gelgotas who wrote the music for “Conversations” attended the Opening Night Gala of Scandinavian Film Festival in Beverly Hills on Saturday, 18 January.