Festival Guests and Closing Film Revealed During Conference for 22nd Vilnius IFF

The Lithuanian premiere of Oscar-winning “Moonlight”, cinema industry event European Film Forum, the first virtual reality cinema in Lithuania, and international guests are all coming to the 22nd VIFF Kino Pavasaris.

Lithuania’s biggest film festival held a conference presenting what to expect this year. Starting March 23rd, New Winds will come to the cinemas, encapsulated in the festival’s visual identity. Renowned illustrator Karolis Strautniekas created the slogan, poster, and animated video, which includes music by one of the most talented young Lithuanian producers Tomas Narkevičius-Fingalick.

Animated video New Winds: 

The festival will screen films from 70 countries. One of them is this year’s festival partner Romania. “There is a maturity to Romanian filmmakers, their works are valued all around the world. It is our honour to present them in Lithuania,” said festival director Vida Ramaškienė.

Credits: Roberto Daskevičiau ir Audriaus Solomino

Strong female characters will open and close the festival. Elle, starring Isabelle Huppert, has been announced as the opening film, while Manifesto, with Cate Blanchett playing 13 different roles, will close out Vilnius IFF.

The festival will also welcome many acclaimed guests, including renowned Polish director Krzysztof Zanussi, directors and stars of “Lost in Paris” Dominique Abel and Fiona Gordon, “Barrage” actress Lolita Chammah, Polish actor Dawid Ogrodnik (“The Last Family”), and “Close Relations” director Vitaly Mansky, who was awarded at last year’s Baltic Gaze competition programme. 

Festival tickets will go on sale starting March 5th, with special discounts for “Telia Omni ID” card holders. Tickets will also cost less on March 8th, International Women’s Day, while tickets to Lithuanian films will be sold at a special price on March 11th, Restoration of Independence Day.

 The 2017 film programme: http://kinopavasaris.lt/en/programa