Renata Šukaitytė (Lithuanian Culture Research Institute / Lithuanian Academy of Music and Theatre)
This paper seeks to examine the transcultural production and distribution strategies in contemporary Lithuanian film, namely feature fiction and documentary produced by auteurs Arūnas Matelis, Audrius Stonys, Šarūnas Bartas, Audrius Juzėnas and Kristijonas Vildžiūnas. The works of these directors will be reflected from geopolitical, economic and aesthetical perspectives as this will help to look at the phenomenon in a complex and sustained way. Almost the very first works of the mentioned filmmakers (especially Bartas) gained international recognition at international film festivals and formed a cross-national circle of their film fans. Being representatives of a small cultural and linguistic group they managed to create a film that crosses cultural and geographical borders due to development of intercultural aesthetics that could be characterized by representations of intercultural spaces and communities, mixture of different languages (mainly, Lithuanian, Russian, German and French) and nature of main protagonist (nomads), which trek form one place or community to another in quest of relief, freedom or new adventure. Their national or cultural identity is not clearly articulated, however they could be recognized as Europeans which land have always been a corridor for different nations and a temporary home or place of freedom. In addition to aforementioned artistic strategies, the intercultural character of these films is expressed in the very nature of its production as most of them are made in co-production with French, Portuguese, Russian, Dutch companies and with participation of international cast (Valentinas Masalskis, Ekaterina Golubeva, Leos Carax, Klavdia Koršunova, Valeria Bruni Tedeschi and others) and conational members of broader creative team.