30th Galway Film Fleadh 10th - 15th July 2018

Butterfly City (Drugelio Miestas)

Fri 14 July / Cinemobile / 12:15 / Teens and up
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“A smart and sensitive portrayal of a city that refuses to die and the people who have made it their home.”

Competition Entry
World Premiere

The Lithuanian city of Visaginas was created from nothing in the 1970s in order to service a powerful Soviet nuclear power plant. Literally designed and shaped like the wings of a butterfly, it was intended to be a window of Soviet progress to the West. After the USSR disintegration, however, EU membership meant Lithuania had to close the plant, the city’s main industry. At a time of growing geo-political tension, and in an ambiance of mutual mistrust, what future is there for the 25,000 Russian-speaking townspeople?

The director, herself Lithuanian-born of Russian parents, follows her first film, If Not You, with this portrayal of a city refusing to die along with its defunct power plant. Instead, it looks to the future and searches for a new face as its citizens grapple with questions of identity. This portrait inevitably raises questions of democracy, inclusion, citizenship, and freedom of expression.

Director Olga Černovaitė
Script Olga Černovaitė
Producer Jeremiah Cullinane

Year 2017
Country Ireland, Lithuania, Belgium & Denmark
Duration 95 minutes

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Opening Film: Song of Granite

Opening Film: Song of Granite

Rocky Ros Muc

Rocky Ros Muc

Making It

Making It

Writing Home

Writing Home

It Tolls for Thee

It Tolls for Thee

Jaha’s Promise

Jaha’s Promise

In the Name of Peace: John Hume in America

In the Name of Peace: John Hume in America

Maudie

Maudie

No Party for Billy Burns

No Party for Billy Burns

Pilgrimage

Pilgrimage

The Limit of…

The Limit of…

Butterfly City

Butterfly City

The Farthest

The Farthest

Condemned to Remember

Condemned to Remember

Release

Release

The Drummer & The Keeper

The Drummer & The Keeper

The Silver Branch

The Silver Branch

Michael Inside

Michael Inside

A Cambodian Spring

A Cambodian Spring

Elián

Elián

Aithrí (Penance)

Aithrí (Penance)

Lost & Found

Lost & Found

Limbo

Limbo

Maze

Maze

Bad Day for the Cut

Bad Day for the Cut

Rocky Ros Muc – Extra Screening

Rocky Ros Muc – Extra Screening

Poc na nGael

Poc na nGael

Thanks to your Noble Shadow

Thanks to your Noble Shadow

Closing Film: Return to Montauk

Closing Film: Return to Montauk