Frost nominated to represent Lithuania at the Oscars
by Tristan Priimägi
- Lithuania has put forward Šarūnas Bartas’ latest effort as its contender for the Best Foreign-language Film Academy Award
Renowned Lithuanian auteur Šarūnas Bartas’ latest feature, Frost [+see also:
interview: Sharunas Bartas
film profile], has been chosen to represent Lithuania in the race for the 2018 Oscar for Best Foreign-language Film. The movie tells the story of Inga and Rokas as they carry aid from Vilnius to Ukraine. Their comfortable world view is challenged by the emotions that they experience on the front line in Donetsk. The movie’s two competitors in the running for the selection were The Saint [+see also:
interview: Andrius Blazevicius
film profile] by Andrius Blaževičius and Together For Ever [+see also:
film profile] by Lina Lužytė. The decision to select Frost was made by the dedicated Lithuanian selection committee.
Frost premiered earlier this year at Cannes, in the Directors’ Fortnight section, and has since been shown at Transilvania and Odesa, amongst other festivals. The film was released theatrically in Lithuania on 18 August.
The main characters are played by young Lithuanian debutants Mantas Jančiauskas and Lyja Maknavičiūtė. The cast also includes French film star Vanessa Paradis and famous Polish actor Andrzej Chyra. It is a Lithuanian-Ukrainian-French-Polish co-production partly funded by the Lithuanian Film Centre. Frost was co-produced by VšĮ Studija Kinema (Lithuania), KinoElektron, KNM and Reborn Production (France), Insight Media Ltd and Tato Film (Ukraine), and Donten & Lacroix Films (Poland). France's Luxbox is handling the international sales.
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