when we talk about the kgb
Thirty years after being arrested in a Vilnius hotel during the Soviet occupation and imprisoned in isolation for nine months, an antique dealer returns to the site of his capture to understand why. And he’s not the only one still trying to come to grips with the griefs of far too recent history and what felt like the euphorias of liberation. As co-written and directed by Maximilien Dejoie and Virginija Vareikytė in their candid interviews, it isn’t only the one-time KGB agents who have had to deal with lingering guilts.
NYC Premiere Screening
Screening date & time: Saturday, October 20, 2:00 pm
Q&A following screening with the film’s director, Virginija Vareikytė
Original title: Aš už tave pakalbėsiu
Directors: Maximilien Dejoie and Virginija Vareikytė
Runtime: 73 min
Language: Lithuanian with English subtitles
Lithuania - 2015
About The Director:
Virginija Vareikytė (b. 1986) pursued her degree in audiovisual direction from the Lithuanian Theatre and Music Academy. Afterwards she started directing cultural and historical TV documentaries, some of which were successfully presented at international film festivals. Her first feature length documentary Veidas už balso – Virgilijus Kęstutis Noreika (The Face Behind the Voice: Virgilijus Kęstutis Noreika, 2012), a biographical journey in the life of the famous Lithuanian opera singer Virgilijus Noreika was theatrically released in Lithuania and shown on Lithuanian national television. Aš už tave pakalbėsiu (When We Talk About KGB, 2015), which was screened at the Helsinki Documentary Film Festival DocPoint, is her second feature documentary co-directed with the Italian director Maximilien Dejoie, who presented his film The Gerber Syndrome at the Vilnius International Film Festival “Kino pavasaris” in 2013. He was the one who conceived the idea of the new film. The emotional shock experienced at the KGB museum in Vilnius evoked a desire to tell the entire Europe about the brutal atrocities committed by the Soviet regime.
About The Director:
Maximilien Dejoie (b. 1987) started making short films at the age of 13. Since then he has written and directed several successful short films presented at international film festivals. In 2011 Dejoie directed his feature film debut, The Gerber Syndrome, a mockumentary that opened the Sci-Fi-London and was presented in 15 international film festivals. The film was later distributed in Italy and other 45 countries. When We Talk About KGB, co-directed with Virginija Vareikytė, is Dejoie’s first feature documentary.
Jury Special Mention – Piemonte Movie Film Festival (Italy), 2016
Jury Special Mention – Ischia Film Festival (Italy), 2016