GHETTO (Vilniaus getas)

Visas: 2/11 kl.17:00
Fri Entré
Audrius Juzenas | 2006 | 110 min

Based on the internationally acclaimed stage play by Joshua Sobol. The action is set in Vilnius ghetto (1942–1943) during the years of Nazi occupation. The film tells a fatal and extremely tragic story of passionate love and terrible hatred that started between a Nazi officer Kitel, former actor and jazz musician, and a star of the musical world, a Jewish girl Chaja. Due to this fatal love a theatre is founded in the Vilnius ghetto. The inhabitants of the ghetto meet the opening of theatre with discontent and opposition. They feel humiliated by the blasphemous idea that here, where the mass killings of the Jewish population of Vilnius took place, that is in a cemetery, a theatre will exist. However, the head of the Jewish police Jakob Gens tries to realize this idea despite protests and opposition. He is convinced that theatre is a great means to “normalize” the life of condemned people in the ghetto.

However, the world of art has its own laws. The first performance of the theatre is very successful. The theatre soon becomes very popular in the ghetto and provokes the audience. Finally, it escapes the founders’ control and censorship. The theatre of Vilnius ghetto does not serve their limited goals and needs and turns into a place where the humanist spirit, nobleness and eternal values triumph. The theatre in Vilnius ghetto becomes a dangerous bomb of delayed action…


THE INVISIBLE FRONT (Nematomas frontas)

Visas: 2/11 kl.15:00
Fri Entré
Jonas Öhman | 2014 | 90 min

In 1944, Soviet forces occupied Lithuania for the second time. At the first occupation, 1940-41, the government offered no resistance and the Lithuanians had quickly learned the brutal lessons of Communism. This time, they decided to resist.

Tens of thousands of young Lithuanian men and women from the villages, schools and universities took to the forests and formed a guerrilla movement, the so-called Forest Brothers. One of their most charismatic leaders was Juozas Luka, an architecture student. Along with his three brothers he joined the underground resistance, challenging the Soviets for years to come.

This is the story one of the twentieth centuries most significant anti-Soviet resistance movements, told through the words and experiences of Juozas Luksa and his fellow Forest Brothers. Their war was completely unknown to the public in the West. The Soviet Security forces, fighting against them, dubbed the conflict “The Invisible Front”.