THE SMALL CINEMA
Niekas nenorėjo mirti
reż|dir Vytautas Žalakevičius | SU | 1965| 100 min
scen|wr Vytautas Žalakevičius zdj|ph Jonas Gricius muz|mus Algimantas Apanavičius mon|ed Izabele Pinaityte ob|cast Kazimieras Vitkus, Regimantas Adomaitis, Juozas Budraitis, Bruno Oja, Donatas Banionas, Algimantas Masiulis, Vija Artmane, Eugenija Šulgaite dys|dis Lithuanian Film Centre
It shows dramatic events in a small Lithuanian farming community, where people are split between the Soviets and the ‘brothers in the woods’, who are fighting to defend their land from the Soviets after the end of the Second World War.
AWARDS1966 Karlovy Vary IFF Nominated for Crystal Globe
1966 Karlovy Vary IFF Award for Best Actor
DIRECTORVytautas Žalakevičius (1930-1996) He was a notable Lithuanian director, also one of the most provocative and controversial figures in the Lithuanian film. He studied directing at the Soviet State Institute of Cinematography (VGIK) in Moscow. Žalakevičius was able to develop his own highly original style during the political changes in the Soviet Union after the death of Joseph Stalin. His best known film was ‘Niekas nenorėjo mirti’ (Nobody Wanted to Die 1965) a powerful film, it was even dubbed the ‘Lithuanian Seven Samurai’. Žalakevičius wasHe usually wrote the screenplays for most of his films. He also taught film directing in Moscow and in Vilnius, and several of his students became established filmmakers.
FILMOGRAPHY1981 Opowieść nieznanego człowieka|Rasskaz neizvestnogo cheloveka|Story of an Unknown Man
1972 Wspaniałe słowo – wolność|Eto sladkoe slovo - svoboda!|That Sweet Word: Liberty!
1965 Nikt nie chciał umierać|Niekas nenorėjo mirti|Nobody Want to Die
1959 Adam chce być człowiekiem|Adomas nori buti zmogumi|Adam Wants to be a Man