"In his films, Deimantas Narkevicius brings profound scepticism and biting irony to bear on the belief of oneness of event, image and significance. But his work is marked equally strongly by a feeling for what film can do as film when it unburdens itself of the compulsion to deliver compact images of events. Methodical doubt breaks open the lock to the core of historical experience" (Jan Verwoert, Images and Words, Festival Catalogue, International Short Film Festival Oberhausen, 2014)
Narkevicius questions and reinterprets historical and political memory, particularly in reference to the profound social changes in post WWII Lithuania and following the breakup of the Soviet Union. His work also acutely explores how symbols and meaning can shift through the cipher of time. In casting a powerful archaeological gaze upon past, present and future histories, Narkevicius allows powerful alternative narratives to emerge.
The Role of a Lifetime
2003 | 16
Combining amateur footage of Brighton, landscape drawings from the Gruto Park repository of Soviet era statues and an intimate interview with Peter Watkins (director of The War Game), Narkevicius’ film emphasises the value of doubt and the impossibility of objectivity, while providing us with an intimate portrait of one of Britain's most distinguished and original filmmakers.
2011 | 46
Based on first accounts of gay men living under the threat of the Soviet Penal Code, Narkevicius recounts the story of a young theatre director who loses his job following accusations of homosexuality.
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