Image of movie Kapinynas
Image of movie Kapinynas
Image of movie Kapinynas


Emilija Škarnulytė
Lithuania, Norway 2022
60 min

Who could imagine that an experimental documentary about the dismantlement of the world’s largest nuclear plant could also extend to include a survey of 20th century painting, a political statement, a site for meditation and a philosophical song about annihilation and creation being parts of the same process? Lithuanian filmmaker Emilija Škarnulytė could imagine precisely that and did so accordingly, and her vision is so spellbinding that it shows how the finest lessons of 2001: A SPACE ODYSSEY in merging art and science can be creatively applied, as can those from the early films of Alain Resnais in executing slow, steady and hallucinatory camera crawls across, into and around documentary subjects. “In my films from the last ten years,” she has said, “I have mostly researched places where contemporary political issues are staged between human and non-human worlds, the shifting boundaries between ecological and cosmic forces. I want to feel out all kinds of non-human and post-human scales in the depths of space and time.” Thus her opening images offer rocks that resemble planets, a voluptuous nuclear explosion is rhymed with trees and a snake slithering around the same circuitry previously traversed by her camera becomes a bold Surrealist encounter. (Jonathan Rosenbaum)

In the presence of Emilija Škarnulytė.

Emilija Škarnulytė: ALDONA (2013, K), MIRROR MATTER (2018, K), SIRENOMELIA (2018, K), ABSOLUTE DATING (2021, Installation), CIRCULAR TIME. FOR ALEKSANDRA KASUBA (2021, K), ETERNAL RETURN (2021, Installation), APHOTIC ZONE (2022, K)

  • Emilija Škarnulytė
  • Eitvydas Doškus
  • Audrius Budrys
  • Adam Khalil
  • Emilija Škarnulytė
  • Vytis Puronas
  • Mykolas Žukauskas
  • Darius Šilėnas
  • Gaute Barlindhaug
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