Isaac

Original title: Izaokas
Director: Jurgis Matulevičius
Cast: Aleksas Kazanavicius, Severija Janusauskaite, Dainius Gavenonis
Country: Lithuania
Year of production: 2019
Length (min): 104
Language: Lithuanian, German, Russian
Subtitles: English, Czech
Section: Eastern Delights

A Lithuanian activist kills his Jewish neighbour Isaac in the Lietūkis garage during the Kaunas pogrom because he thinks the Jew informed on him to the secret services. Years later, he works as a forensic photographer, lives with his beloved wife, but the burden of his sin is becoming heavier and heavier. Stylized as a film noir, the film examines the themes of friendship, love, remorse, and personal freedom in the uneasy historical context of holocaust in post-war Soviet Lithuania.

Jurgis Matulevičius

The Lithuanian director studied film directing and has worked with renowned Lithuanian filmmakers including the famous Šarūnas Bartas. He has made many short films that enchanted critics as well as audiences not only at home, but also abroad. Drama Isaac is his feature debut and was nominated for the Best First Feature in Tallinn.

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