Source: Venice Film Festival

Thomas Gioria in ‘Custody’

The 23rd Vilnius International Film Festival Kino Pavasaris in Lithuania will open with French director Xavier Legrand’s Custody.

The family drama picked up prizes across Europe last year including the Silver Lion for best director at Venice Film Festival and the audience award at San Sebastian.

Running from March 15-29, the festival will show features across five sections: Festival favourites; Discoveries; Critics’ choice; Masters; and retrospectives of 1930s French director Jean Vigo and Lithuanian classics about childhood. It is Lithuania’s largest cinema event; last year’s festival had over 100,000 attendees.

Also screening at Kino Pavasaris are Dorota Kobiela and Hugh Welchman’s Oscar-nominated Loving Vincent; Robin Campillo’s Cannes-winning BPM (Beats Per Minute); Iram Haq’s What Will People Say which won audience awards at AFI and Goteborg Film Festival; and Michaël R. Roskam’s Racer And The Jailbird starring Matthias Schoenaerts and Adele Exarchopoulos.

There will also be an extensive programme of Asian cinema, including Shin Dong-seok’s Last Child after its Berlin premiere, Anucha Boonyawatana’s Malila: The Farewell Flower and Dipesh Jain’s In The Shadows, the Jury Grand Prize winner from Mumbai Film Festival.

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