Director Laurynas Bareisa on „Atkūrimas“ and the short form / interview

Born in Lithuania in 1988, Laurynas Bareisa studied applied mathematics and cinematography before completing a master’s in film directing in 2016. He recently worked as cinematographer on the feature film Summer Survivors by Marija Kavtaradze, as well as directing the short films By the Pool, which screened at Venice, and Caucasus, which was presented at Locarno. He is currently developing his debut feature film, Pilgrims, at the Torino FeatureLab.

What was your starting point for Atkūrimas?

The story of this film was originally a scene in a longer script, but ultimately it did not fit there, so I expanded it into a separate short film.

Do you have a favourite moment in the film? Which one and why this one?

My favorite moment is when the criminal rolls the doll down the hill and one of the police officers helps him. It is a bit hidden in the background and not obvious, but very funny. Also it is a hint towards what is coming in the end.

What do you like about the short form?

I love that you can fit a short film in your head whole while you’re preparing. Which seems impossible with a feature for me. Although I’m not sure if this is the case for everyone, maybe its just my head capacity.


photo ©Dorothea Tuch

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