29th Galway Film Fleadh 11th – 16th July 2017
“A smart and sensitive portrayal of a city that refuses to die and the people who have made it their home.”
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
Country Ireland, Lithuania, Belgium & Denmark
Duration 95 minutes