The film is set in Lithuania after the Second World War. It shows dramatic events in a small Lithuanian farming community, where people are split between the Soviets and the “brothers in the woods”, who are fighting to defend their land from the Soviets after the end of the Second World War. —IMDb
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
A farm-set tale of family revenge worthy of Sergio Leone but equally steeped in Baltic rural literature, this Lithuanian drama was close enough to a thriller to become a nationwide hit after being dubbed into Russian. Aside from the commendably "Spaghetti Western" title and an extended, wordless ambush sequence in the middle, the film's genre pleasures include Latvian leading lady Via Artmane, whose feisty presence has something of the young Bardot's. Under the surface, however, the "loaded" setting—the Soviet postwar annexation of Lithuania—provides its own stories of Oedipal confusion and general lawlessness; in a much discussed touch, the film begins and ends with a shot of a wooden roadside Mary. — Michael Zilberman, "Revolution in the Revolution" film series, NY, Nov. 2000