Maris Martinsons' debut feature Loss from ART&A Film Production has been selected as Lithuania's foreign language Oscar submission.

Loss intertwines the stores of six people whose destinies overlap after a tragic accident that occurred more than 20 years earlier.

Martinsons co-wrote the screenplay with Raimondas Paskevicius and produced with Linda Krukle and Zivile Gallego. Ramunas Skikas and Violeta Kilsauskiene served as executive producers. The film earned Martinsons the best director and Andrius Mamontovas the best music prizes at the Shanghai International Film Festival this year.

Loss scored the biggest opening weekend in Lithuania when it launched in January through Forum Cinemas and took $80,000 over three days. It finished on approximately $250,000 and remains the third biggest Lithuanian release in history.

Lithuania's Oscar selection committee is chaired by documentary film-maker Audrius Stonys and launched in 2006.