The incredible story of the 1992 Lithuanian basketball team, whose athletes struggled under Soviet rule, became symbols of Lithuania's independence movement, and - with help from the Grateful Dead - triumphed at the Barcelona Olympics.
Marius A. Markevicius
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Arunas Matelis' film is a gracefully expressive documentary following the lives of children living with leukemia at a pediatric hospital in Vilnius, Lithuania. The children enter into an alien world, bereft of color and warmth, but populated with kind strangers. Inured to the routine of daily medication and meals that alternate between porridge and cabbage soup, the children dream of life beyond the clinic's thick cement walls while their parents bear the burden of uncertainty about their children's fate. The filmmaker spent eight months at this very hospital after his own daughter's successful fight against leukemia. Written by
We had a chance last Sunday to enjoy the screening of the movie in small Lithuanian city, Palanga. It was really lovely and touching experience. I was very nicely surprised about the quality of Lithuanian Film making, as the industry is so small, or doesn't really exist there. I like the way movie was done: it avoided any "forced" conclusions, analysis, all the stereotypical requirements for "making movie". The real capture of what kind of life is happening in that hospital was speaking for itself. This genre of documentary is also known as poetic documentary. Some of the footage was shot by kids themselves, to capture what was really happening in the hospital when shooting crew left. One hour passed like an eye blink.
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