Film

Walden

Secret Screenings

France  ·  2020  ·  DCP 2K  ·  Color  ·  85'  ·  o.v. French/Lithuanian - Subt. French

Screening

Friday 7 | 8 | 2020, 21:00  ·  GranRex  ·  Sub. French

Secret Screening #2

Introduced by Lili Hinstin


Screening

Saturday 8 | 8 | 2020, 17:45  ·  PalaVideo  ·  Sub. French

Secret Screening #2

Introduced by Lili Hinstin

After 30 years of exile in Paris, Jana travels back to Vilnius. She wants to see again the lake that Paulius, her first love, called "Walden". Between new emotions and the black market, the Lithuanian youth before the fall of Communism dreams of freedom and leaving for the West.

Receiving its first public screening at Locarno, after the announcement of its selection by Acid at Cannes and an intended fall French theatrical release, Walden is the third feature film by Bojena Horackova, a Czech filmmaker exiled in Paris for over 30 years. Also a Parisian exile, Walden’s lead character returns to Vilnius, the birthplace she left very young, leaving behind her lover and her first illusions.
An elegy for a past that mixes the pure hope inherent to youth and resigned anxiety in the face of a society paralyzed by a communist system whose inquisitorial character has become mechanical and disillusioned, Walden has a very particular atmosphere, combining lightness and solemnity and drab colors that fail to mute the powerful, stubborn sensuality pulsing through the characters’ hopes and bodies. Through these characters, Bojena Horackova discovers and invites us to discover a group of exceptional young actors (including Ina Marija Bartaité, the daughter of Katerina Golubeva and Sharunas Bartas, whose director of photography Eitvydas Doskus shot Walden with Agnès Godard). These actors’ grace and spontaneity are suffused with a solemnity and melancholy free of self-pity, while their flawless identification with characters 30 years their elders creates an astonishing temporal illusion. Has time passed when you have left your present behind?.

 

Lili Hinstin

 

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Director

Bojena Horackova

Cast

Ina Marija Bartaite, Laurynas Jurgelis, Fabienne Babe, Andrzej Chyra, Mantas Janciauskas, Nele Savicenko, Povilas Budrys

Cinematography

Eitvydas Doskus, Agnès Godard

Music

Benjamin Esdraffo

Screenplay

Bojena Horackova, Marc Cholodenko, Julien Theves

Sound

François Abdelnour, Rosalie Revoyre, Xavier Thieulin

Editing

François Quiqueré, Anne Benhaïem

Production

Sedna Films
www.sednafilms.fr

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