Pranas, now a celebrity singer, returns to his homeland from a big city. He is greeted at the airport and driven to his native village by a childhood friend Jonas, who works there as a doctor. Pranas’ parents still live in a huge archaic red brick mansion, which stands out against the standard buildings of a soviet settlement. Their life is quite tough – they are not capable of taking care of themselves and they are constantly grumbling about it, but they still worry about each another. Pranas starts reconstructing the house. He empties the attic and alters the rooms – a ‘catastrophe’, in his father’s eyes. The prosperous village governed by Mr. Ačas, whom everybody calls ‘the president’, is often visited by strange ‘visitors from the capital’ who have to be nicely hosted. Mr. Ačas’ wife Rožė is bored by her husband’s routine and ingenuously envies him his new office-girl, the struggling but ostentatiously independent Inga, and invents a story of her own new love for the doctor Jonas. One day, during a turmoil caused in the village by a rabid dog, Pranas’ father slips out of the house… –ifc.net
Vytautas Žalakevičius was a notable Lithuanian director, best known for his film Niekas nenorejo mirti (Nobody Wanted to Die) (1966).
He was born on April 14, 1930, in Kaunas, Lithuania. From 1948-1950 he studied to become an engineer at the Kaunas State University. He then went to Moscow and studied directing at the Soviet State Institute of Cinematography (VGIK). His teachers were Mikheil Chiaureli and Grigori Aleksandrov. Žalakevičius was able to develop his own highly original style during the political changes in the Soviet Union after the death of Joseph Stalin. At that time many intellectuals expressed their new ideas, because Nikita Khrushchev initiated the policy of openness and de-Stalinization known as the Khrushchev’s Thaw. Žalakevičius graduated from VGIK in 1956 as director, making his first short film ‘Skenduolis’ (Drowned 1956) as his graduation work.
His first independent full-length feature film was Adomas nori būti žmogumi read more