Sidabrinė Gervė 2014 (“Silver Crane 2014”), the 7th Lithuanian film industry awards ceremony, will be held in Vilnius on May 2nd. The Lithuanian Film Academy, which organizes the awards, is continuing the second stage of voting, and the nominees are continuing their projects. One such nominee – director Ričardas Marcinkus, who is a candidate for the Sidabrinės Gervės Kiaušinis (“Silver Crane’s Egg”) award for the best student film – has just announced that he is working on a road movie with singer Mantas Jankavičius.
Competing for the Sidabrinė Gervė 2014 award for the best student film this year are Austėja Urbaitė’s Etiudas (“Etude”), Marija Kavtaradzė’s Pasakyk, kad neskaudės (“Say it Won’t Hurt”), Birutė Sodeikaitė’s Kai auga medis (“When a Tree Grows”) and Marcinkus’ Galutinis tikslas (“Final Destination”). The latter was recognized as the best student documentary at the prestigious International Documentary Film Festival Amsterdam (IDFA).
“First and foremost, you make a movie because you want to say something, and if it so happens that it is nominated or wins a prize, it means that the work was not meaningless – it was noticed and appreciated,” says Mr. Marcinkus, who completed film directing studies at the Lithuanian Music and Theater Academy (LMTA) last year. Galutinis tikslas was his thesis project.
“I started filming it when I enrolled at LMTA, and it worked out that it was also my thesis project. And at the same time – validation of four years of my life,” says Mr. Marcinkus, whose short fiction film Expermenas (“Expermen”) was also nominated for a Sidabrinė Gervė award last year.
“When you’re making a movie, you think it’s the most important and treasured one ever. You identify yourself with the film and its character or story,” relates Mr. Marcinkus. “But when you finish the movie and it starts to live a life of its own, it becomes just one of the movies that you’ve made. That tendency to identify yourself with it disappears, and it is no longer the most important film you’ve ever made. The most important one is the one you are making now. And the one that you will make in the future will be even more important.”
The fact that nine films are competing for the prestigious Sidabrinė Gervė award this year is, in the director’s opinion, a coincidence of circumstances, as well as a sign of revival within the film industry.
“Of course, not all movies can be compared – some are ‘filmed plays’, some are ‘High Art’, some are a display of cutting-edge technology, and others don’t belong to any of these categories. But all of them share one thing – they are all made for the viewer. And the latter wins ones way or another, because he can choose,” states Mr. Marcinkus.
Together with well-known film producer Žilvinas Naujokas, Mr. Marcinkus will be presenting viewers a new road movie entitled Pakeliui (“When You Wake Up”) in November.
“This time we selected the actor for the lead role very carefully. We held auditions where candidates had to demonstrate a full range of skills: they had to know how to play an instrument, sing, talk, drive a motorcycle and a car, laugh and cry. Out of over 100 candidates, only one person was able to meet all the requirements – his name was Mantas. And his last name is something like Jenkevičius or Jankavičius,” quips Mr. Marcinkus, who has worked with singer Mantas Jankavičius on more than one set over the last few years.
Pakeliui, which includes drama, humor, romance, and music, was created based an idea that Mr. Naujokas came up with; filming took place in August 2013. “It’s a refreshing summer movie that you’ll be able to see in the cold of autumn. Right now video and audio post-production work is still going on, and music is being written. Basically, we have our work cut out for us,” says the director with a laugh, while also alluding that he has other film projects on his mind as well.
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