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February 10 - April 8, 2018

Lithuanian and Estonian design art

The birthdays of the Republics of Lithuania and Estonia are as of twins – both celebrate their centennials in February. Lithuanian Republic, though, was proclaimed 8 days earlier, February 16th 2018. The Museum of New Art in Pärnu will celebrate this great event with a design exhibition LIETUVA 100 EESTI.

The abundant Lithuanian design is represented by Masters of furniture and textile A. Kisonaite, V. Dringelis, V. Gecas, R. Butenaite, M. Zilionis, I. Marcinkeviciene, D. Razauskas. The most narrative and humorous of them are a sofa and chairs by Indra Marcinkeviciene, the wife of a well-known painter Vilmantas Marcinkevicius.

As we can see our design art in daily life, we have composed the Estonian exposition regarding a different principle. A long row of chairs makes an impression on how architects and artists, having got their inspiration from a farmhouse chair, have designed a comfortable place for sitting either for themselves, for the Prime Minister or the President. You can see works of essential authors of our cultural history, the chairs by E.J. Kuusik, O. Siinmaa, J. Fuks, K. Pärsimägi, E. Okas, T. Gans, M. Grünberg, O. Volmer and his son H. Volmer. While the exposition of the Lithuanian authors is held together by the red-green-yellow tricolor, the exposition of the Estonian authors follows with blue-black-white colouring. The Installations by the Grand Old Lady of our design, Nora Raba, blankets by honourable Anu Raud and the photos by young Tanja Muravskaja - they all are in the colours of our blue sky, black forest and white snow. Only the „Sea Animal“ with its horns by Nora Raba is in the colour of blood, remembering us that the Republic of Estonia had to stay in the shadow and wait for the right time to revive.

From February to April we also have a Film Festival NOBODY WANTED TO DIE. Every Sunday, repeated on Thursday films will be screened that reflect the tragic past of the two nations of similar history. The name of the Festival comes from the movie staged in 1966 by Vitautas Zalakevicius which tells about a Lithuanian farmer-family trapped between the millstones of the WW II, in the role of the elder son an Estonian singer and actor Bruno Oja.

Mark Soosaar, curator

We are grateful to Lithuanian Embassy, the Parliament, Estonian Cultural Endowment, the Museum of Architecture of Estonia, the Museum of Applied Arts and Design of Estonia, Tartu Art Museum, the Museum of Evald Okas, ERR, Town Government of Pärnu etc.


Nobody Wanted to Die
Lithuanian-Estonian Film Festival
February 11 - April 5, 2018

February 11
Nobody Wanted to Die (Lithuania)
Niekas nenorejo mirti
Directed by Vytautas Žalakevičius, 1966, 100 min.

The movie shows the dramatic events in a small Lithuanian community where people are split between the Soviets and the bushwhackers who are fighting to defend their land after the end of the WWII. In the main roles, there appear celebrated Lithuanian actor Donatas Banionis and Estonian actor and singer Bruno Oja.

February 18
Men in Soldier’s Overcoats (Estonia)
Inimesed sõdurisinelis
Directed by Jüri Müür, 1968, 85 min.

After being drafted to the Red Army, Estonian soldiers are formed into the Estonian Rifle Corps. Many of them, including Enn Kalm, lack motivation to fight. On their long way back to homeland and during battles at Velikiye Luki, Estonian men will recover their strength and realize the idea of fighting. On the bank of Emajõgi River, Enn and his fellow soldiers have to face their compatriots who wear an enemy’s uniform. What about the feelings and behaviour of the men who had to put on the soldier’s overcoats due to the times of war?

February 25
FEELINGS (Lithuania)
Directed by Algirdas Dausa,
Almantas Grikevicius, 1968, 90 min.

The Second World War is ending. Widower Kasparas moves in with his brother Andrius, who lives on the other side of the bay where the German occupation has already ended. Andrius’ wife Egne is still in love with Kasparas. Her relatives and a group of Lithuanian nationalists are planning on fleeing to Sweden. Egne persuades her husband that they should all go together, hoping to once again regain Kasparas’ affection after crossing the sea. But Kasparas opts to return home and border guards detain Andrius. Nine long years pass before the brothers see each other again.

March 4
Nest of Winds (Estonia)
Tuulte pesa
Directed by Olav Neuland, 1979, 95 min.

Despite the fact that war is over there is no peace in Mahtjamäe farm. Jüri Piir, the farmer, is pressurized either by the bushwhackers or the village deputy following the orders of Soviet authorities. Foreign views and demands force Jüri to make difficult decisions.

March 11
THE BEAUTY (Lithuania)
Directed by Arunas Zebriunas, 1969, 71 min.

A movie transcends totalitarian realities of a post-war Soviet-occupied town to address the most important eternal questions faced by children and their parents alike: self-identity, value human relations, love, vulnerability of a human being, meaning of innocence.

March 18
Colourful Dreams (Estonia)
Värvilised unenäod
Directed by Jaan Tooming, Virve Aruoja, 1974, 60 min.

Little Kati spends her summer at her grandma’s. Her playmates are the village boys and the whole countryside - animals, flowers, the wind and stones. Kati conjures up the sun and floats above the fields of flowers and the whole universe. There is no borderline between reality and the magic world. Is it possible to play the same game also at her home in the city?

March 25
Seneca’s Day (Lithuania)
Senekos Diena
Directed by Kristijonas Vildziunas, 2016, 106 min.

It is 1989, the final year of the Soviet era in Vilnius. Eighteen-year old buddies establish the Seneca’s Fellowship. Its mottos is, “Live each day as if it was your last.” 25 years later, one of them is disillusioned with himself. He has betrayed the ideals of his youth.

April 1
Emilia (Lithuania)
Emilija is Laisvs Alejos
Directed by Donatas Ulvydas, 2017, 120 min.

Emilia.Breaking Free is a suspense drama about the fight for freedom in Soviet-repressed Lithuania - in a society where a more satiated life seems more important than honour, a clear conscience or humanity. It is the spring of 1972, when young people take to the streets of Kaunas to demand freedom for Lithuania, and Emilia - a future actress and the hero of this intriguing drama - is marching with the protesting crowd towards the life of their dreams. But everything takes an unexpected turn. Having come to Kaunas with what is perhaps the greatest secret of her life, Emilia has to fight not only for her own fate, but for that of her friends as well. And life in Kaunas is far from what she had dreamed of. She is not sure the lies, betrayal and the love that struck her like lightning will help her keep her secret or even her life. But she is prepared to take on anything for the sake of what she believes in.

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