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The devil's bride

One of the most startling films to come out of the Baltics in the 1970s, its Faust-like plot about a demon promising riches to a mill owner in exchange for the hand of his daughter is the most conventional aspect of the picture. Of much more significance is that it is the first Lithuanian musical, often compared to a northern European variation on the rock opera Jesus Christ Superstar. Its joint creators were director Arunas Zebriunas, composer Vyacheslav Ganelin, and scriptwriter Sigitas Geda.

NYC Premiere Screening

Screening date & time: Thursday, October 18, 7:00 pm

Original title: Velnio nuotaka

Director: Arūnas Žebriūnas

Runtime: 78 min

Lithuania - 1974

Language: Lithuanian with English subtitles


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About The Director:

Arūnas Žebriūnas started his career in filmmaking in 1947 as an assistant to the art director. In 1955 he became the art director at the Lithuanian Film Studio. In 1960, he debuted as a film director turning the novel Paskutinis šūvis (The Last Shot) into the film Gyvieji didvyriai (Living Heroes). It was the first series of Lithuanian shorts which attained an international recognition at the 12th Karlovy Vary Festival in 1960. After training under the well-known Russian film director Mikhail Romm in Moscow Žebriūnas created one of his most remarkable films Paskutinė atostogų diena (The Girl and the Echo, 1964) awarded the All-Union prizes, the Silver Sails Prize at the Locarno Festival, and the Grand Prize at the Cannes Youth Film Festival. Many of Žebriūnas’ films coloured with lyricism and slight humour aim to reveal the inner world of children and adolescents. After turning to adult themes, Žebriūnas created very plastic, coloured and somewhat decorative films on human passions and exhausting forces. In 2010, Žebriūnas received the Lithuanian Film Academy Award “Golden Crane” for lifetime achievement in Lithuanian filmmaking. In 2011, he was awarded the National Culture and Art Prize “for the work that paved the way for Lithuanian poetic cinematography, which had always used its unique language to herald the highest humanist values”.