Eimantas Belickas: Generation.eu

This is a copy paste of an article published by FilmNewEurope yesterday, written by Alexander Gabelia.:

VILNIUS: The new project by Lithuanian director/editor Eimantas Belickas, the long documentary Generation.eu / Karta.eu, is built around the fact that on 1 May 2004, some 50 children were born in Lithuania at the same time with Lithuania’s integration into the European Union. The experiences, searches and journeys of a generation are captured in documentary cinema.

At the initiative of film director Arūnas Matelis, a creative group of camera operators captured the birth of 29 babies in 2004. Every few years, they would revisit some of the heroes, and in 2023, the brightest and most unique among them were selected to testify about their first stage of existence. 

Until now, material has been collected, occasional meetings with the growing children have taken place and filming has been done gradually. At the moment the shooting is almost done and the editing stage will start soon.

“The initial recordings were about observation and getting to know them. We remain observers, trying to get as close as possible to our heroes and merge with their daily lives. Moreover, our heroes have come of age and can now critically assess and reflect on their own experiences, so their own thoughts will be very interesting. It will also be interesting to observe their relationships with their parents, a generation born in a completely different era, who are bringing their fears and uncertainties from that time. Have they managed to avoid such influence or are they now helping their parents get rid of Soviet-era ‘ghosts’?”, Eimantas Belickas told FNE.

The film is produced by Arunas Matelis and Algimante Mateliene through the award winning Lithuanian documentary studio Nominum. Ramune Rakauskaite is the executive producer.

The total budget of approximately 120,000 EUR is partly (75%) supported by the Lithuanian Film Centre and the Lithuanian public television LRT. The Ministry of Culture financed the archival work, while Studio Nominum provided financing for the rest of the process.

“When we started this project, the main idea went beyond simply perpetuating newborns; it aimed for much more ambitious goals: marking the anniversary of the new European Union, continuing this documentary cycle by documenting the fate of children born on the same day until the end of their lives. The idea of documenting the newborns of the new Europe attracted unprecedented international attention, with one foreign magazine calling it an unimaginable ‘real Truman Show’, Arūnas Matelis told FNE.

International coproducers are welcome to join the project.

Production Information:

Generation.eu by Eimantas Belickas, in the photo: Lukas in 2022, credit: Studio NominumProducer:
Studio Nominum (Lithuania)
grupe1@nominum.lt

Credits:
Director: Eimantas Belickas
Screenwriters: Arunas Matelis, Ramune Rakauskaite, Algimante Mateliene, after an idea by Arunas Matelis
DOP: Algirdas Vaičaitis

photo: generation.eu (still)

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Tue Steen Müller
Tue Steen Müller

Müller, Tue Steen
Documentary Consultant and Critic, DENMARK

Worked with documentary films for more than 20 years at the Danish Film Board, as press officer, festival representative and film consultant/commissioner. Co-founder of Balticum Film and TV Festival, Filmkontakt Nord, Documentary of the EU and EDN (European Documentary Network).
Awards: 2004 the Danish Roos Prize for his contribution to the Danish and European documentary culture. 2006 an award for promoting Portuguese documentaries. 2014 he received the EDN Award “for an outstanding contribution to the development of the European documentary culture”. 2016 The Cross of the Knight of the Order for Merits to Lithuania. 2019 a Big Stamp at the 15th edition of ZagrebDox. 2021 receipt of the highest state decoration, Order of the Three Stars, Fourth Class, for the significant contribution to the development and promotion of Latvian documentary cinema outside Latvia. In 2022 he received an honorary award at DocsBarcelona’s 25th edition having served as organizer and programmer since the start of the festival.
From 1996 until 2005 he was the first director of EDN (European Documentary Network). From 2006 a freelance consultant and teacher in workshops like Ex Oriente, DocsBarcelona, Archidoc, Documentary Campus, Storydoc, Baltic Sea Forum, Black Sea DocStories, Caucadoc, CinéDOC Tbilisi, Docudays Kiev, Dealing With the Past Sarajevo FF as well as programme consultant for the festivals Magnificent7 in Belgrade, DOCSBarcelona, Verzio Budapest, Message2Man in St. Petersburg and DOKLeipzig. Teaches at the Zelig Documentary School in Bolzano Italy.

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