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Forest of the Gods (2005)

Dievu miskas (original title)
The story about one man- an artist and an intellectual- who was imprisoned by two brutal regimes, the Nazis and the Soviets. 'The Professor' is a man who lives by his own personal version ... See full summary »


Algimantas Puipa


Balys Sruoga (novel), Algimantas Puipa | 1 more credit »




Cast overview, first billed only:
Valentinas Masalskis ... Professor
Steven Berkoff ... Commandant Hoppe
Liubomiras Laucevicius ... Wacek Kazlowski (as Liubomiras Lauciavicius)
Sarunas Puidokas Sarunas Puidokas ... Tadas
Irmantas Jankaitis Irmantas Jankaitis ... Germinski
Darius Miniotas Darius Miniotas ... Franc Bloy
Dainius Svobonas Dainius Svobonas ... Zagorski
Robertas Urbonas Robertas Urbonas ... Martin Heidel
Rimante Gasparaviciene Rimante Gasparaviciene ... Japanese prisoner
Marius Jampolskis Marius Jampolskis ... SS Guard leading the Professor
Diana Aneviciute Diana Aneviciute ... Professor's wife (as Diana Valiusaitiene Aneviciute)
Migle Grakauskaite Migle Grakauskaite ... Professor's daughter
Monika Biciunaite ... Hoppe's wife
Egle Gestauraite Egle Gestauraite ... Hoppe's Baby
Ugne Gestautaite Ugne Gestautaite ... Hoppe's Baby


The story about one man- an artist and an intellectual- who was imprisoned by two brutal regimes, the Nazis and the Soviets. 'The Professor' is a man who lives by his own personal version of the Ten Commandments. After miraculously surviving imprisonment in a Nazi concentration camp through a bit of ironic fate, he writes a memoir of his life, which becomes the target of the Soviet censors. The so-called "freedom" of Communism becomes just as oppressive as the German concentration camp. Written by Anonymous

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Biography | Drama | War

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Organic. Holocaust. Masterpiece
1 March 2008 | by njumeilSee all my reviews

First thing: this movie "based on the novel". BASED on the novel. So all those, that downrate it, because the movie does not follow beloved book, should start to learn separating one media from another.

There are no synthesized emotions in this. Everything feels real, or at least as real as the emotions in the diary of someone that is waiting for his days to end in concentration camp.

The main advantage of Puipa's masterpiece is this: There is no prejudice, no-goodie-white-hoodie and no evil-bad-wolf-hanibal-lector type characters. Everyone is show as a human. You will not feel sympathy for guards or collaborators, but you will understand things like "why do such people rise in times like this" or even start thinking about reasons that could turn good people into animals. Director won't tell you what to feel! It's such a rare feature, that it is hard to understand this concept at first.

There is some black humor in this movie too. It's dark, noir even, although it's so true, that it feels close even if you can't connect to WWII in any way.

Subtle details, real-life philosophy, humour, rich characters, absolutely stunning camera work makes this movie one of the best. It's not a fairy tale as Shindler's list is: you wont feel guilty if you are not crying in the end and everyone will understand why are you weeping if you do.

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23 September 2005 (Lithuania) See more »

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EUR1,700,000 (estimated)
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Dolby Digital



Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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