Lithuanian historical psychological drama Isaac nears the end of shooting

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Emerging Lithuanian director Jurgis Matulevičius is close to wrapping principal photography for his feature debut, Isaac. It has been more than five years in the making, and only a couple of shooting days are left to finish in Ukraine in April, although editing has already begun.

Matulevičius is adapting a short story by Lithuanian writer Antanas Škėma, and the screenplay was co-written by Nerijus Milerius and Saulė Bliuvaitė. This is the first time that the story by Škėma, a Lithuanian in exile in the United States, has been adapted for the big screen.

In 1941, Lithuanian activist Andrius Gluosnis kills a Jew, Isaac, in the Lietūkis garage massacre. Years later in Soviet Lithuania, Gluosnis’ film director friend Gutauskas returns from the USA to make a film about the massacre. While researching the details for the film, he finds out that his friend was not just a passive bystander. Gluosnis’ life begins to crumble during the preparations for the film, his guilt torturing him until he understands that he has to make peace with the victim. Severija Janusauskaite, recently seen in the acclaimed German television series Babylon Berlin, stars as the female lead.

 

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