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Before Flying Back to the Earth

Before Flying Back to the Earth

Bald-headed children in shiny hallways, oil paint on the walls, glowing linoleum: at first it looks like a science fiction film. Arunas Matelis’ portrait of a children’s cancer ward deals with what is alienatingly familiar. The film was made when Matelis’ own leukaemic daughter spent eight months in the hospital. In the video sequences the camera becomes a playmate that the children romp with through the hallways, but also a confidante for the mothers, who stress their hope and cry at the same time. Before Flying Back to Earth has been distinguished with numerous awards, including the Golden Dove in Leipzig and the Silver Wolf at the IDFA Amsterdam.

„ ...the experiences of my own and my family agree that the cancer department was the place where not only the major hardships of our lives have awaited us, but also the place where we have spent our brightest and most meaningful days. Days that we were given to get ready, hope and wait for our fateful flight: Back … Home … to Us …to the Earth.“ (Arunas Matelis)

Tribute 2008

Arunas Matelis

Lithuania/Germany 2005
BetaSP/Farbe
52 minutes
OmeU

Screenplay
Cinematography
Audrius Kemezys
Editing
Katharina Schmidt
Music
Kipras Mašanauskas, Arunas Matelis

Production

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