Pakeliui (“When You Wake Up”), a new road movie starring actor and singer Mantas Jankavičius, takes its heroes on a journey through Lithuania. Although the two of them travel by car from Ukmergė to Šilutė, the entire movie was actually filmed within an approximately 70 km radius around Vilnius. The farthest filming location was Žiežmariai. The windmills that stand next to it became Šilutė’s in the film, but that’s not the only interesting fact about the filming of Pakeliui.
Director in the trunk
Everyone who witnessed the filming of Pakeliui saw the interesting peculiarities of this kind of film-making. Since the new picture is a road movie, the bulk of the action takes place in a car. In order for these moments to make it to cinema screens properly, a camera was mounted with a special construction on the hood of Punk’s silver BMW.
Probably one of the most uncomfortable “roles” was played by director Ričardas Marcinkus, who accompanied the heroes hidden in the trunk of the car covered with a dark piece of fabric, where he watched the actors’ every move on a special screen. During the entire trip, a crew of sound technicians, make-up artists and assistants also followed the car.
According to the film script, the journey takes them to Gerda’s hometown of Saugai, in the district of Šilutė. These scenes were filmed in Trakų Vokė. The visit to Punk’s mother’s home (which is in the district of Gargždai in the film) and the images of fields and windmills were captured in Naujoji Slabada, while the interior of the home was shot in Vilnius’ Žvėrynas neighborhood. The bar and police station in Gargždai were filmed in Vilnius’ PoGo Bar and the capital’s 2nd Police Headquarters.
A disoriented Punk calls the audience “hicks”
According to director Ričardas Marcinkus, attempts were made to find visually similar places, while at the same time creating locations that don’t actually exist. One such example is the Ukmergė bar where Punk’s concert takes place. More attentive viewers – especially residents of the capital – will recognize Vilnius’ long-standing Broadway Bar when watching the performance. This is also where a touchy scene takes place – Jankavičius’ disoriented character is not only out of line in his remarks, but also addresses the audience by calling them hicks. He later “corrects himself”, replacing the word with “Kelmė”, and only later – “Ukmergė”.
The journey that the Pakeliui characters take has no shortage of tension, searches, friendship and love. The viewers will witness an accident and observe Punk’s detainment, arrest, and huge desire to get out of the deep rut he is in. The person who is responsible for this is a little girl who showed up at his bedside and said that he is her dad.
via Behind the scenes of the new picture with Mantas Jankavičius revealed: conflict situations and the director in a trunk – Pramogos – m.DELFI.lt