The Saint

When the US financial crisis hit the world economy in 2008, even a small village in Lithuania could not escape the waves of recession and unemployment. Vytas is fired from the factory and looks for a new job in order to escape his nagging wife. But job hunting is not easy. On the first day of a hard-won position, the employers let him go, claiming that hiring him was a mistake. After losing all purpose in life, the only thing left for Vytas is the romance he has with a hairdresser named Marija and his obsession with a videotape of man who claims to have seen Jesus. Andrius Blaževičius’s debut film The Saint makes one reflect on the purpose of life and the meaning of achieving it in a world where despair prevails over the everyday. (Jin Park, Busan International Film Festival)

Director's Biography
ANDRIUS BLAŽEVIČIUS, born in 1985, is a Lithuanian filmmaker from Vilnius. He studied history and cultural anthropology at Vilnius University but later switched to filmmaking at the Lithuanian Academy of Music and Theatre. His short film Ten Reasons received the Lithuanian Film Academy Award for Best Lithuanian Short Film 2012. The Saint is his debut feature film. It premiered at the Warsaw International Film Festival 2016.
Director's Filmography (Selection)
Bergenas (Bergen, 2009, short), Dešimt Priežasčių (Ten Reasons, 2011, short), Šventasis (The Saint, 2016)
Competition Fiction 2017
Andrius Blaževičius
Lithuania / Poland 2016
96 minutes
OV with English subtitles
Screenplay Andrius Blaževičius, Marija Kavtaradzė, Teklė Kavtaradzė
Cinematography Linas Dabriška
Editing Silvija Vilkaitė
Sound/Sounddesign Julius Grigelionis, Marius Blažys
Music Vytautas Rasimavičius
With Marius Repšys, Indrė Patkauskaitė, Gelminė Glemžaitė, Valentinas Krulikovskis, Lukas Malinauskas
Producer(s) Marija Razgutė (m-films, LT), Marta Lewandowska, Marta Habior (no sugar films, PL)
m-films Šiltadaržio gatvė 6 09209 Vilnius Lithuania marija@ciobreliai.lt
Austrian Premiere
Weltpremiere / World Premiere
Warsaw International Film Festival 2016

Premierenstatus / Premiere Status
Austrian Premiere