THE BEST FILM OF THE 2021 VENICE FILM FESTIVAL HORIZONS PROGRAM
As part of the Lithuanian Film Festival in New Zealand.
Indre and Paulius travel to the town where their mutual friend, Matas — Paulius’ brother, and Indre’s boyfriend — died in a gruesome crime. The pair try to retrace Matas’ footsteps from a nearby airport to an apparent bar fight — but soon find out that revisiting the past is no easy task. The case is closed, but the memories of their loved one are just as fresh.
The thriller won over the jury at the 78th edition of Venice Film Festival, where it was awarded best film in the event’s Horizons category: a section of the main competition dedicated to young and debuting filmmakers.
“Pilgrims is a striking feature debut from a director with an unconventional vision of the world and uncompromising stylistic approach; stark, minimalist execution allowing, it deserves to make an impression with niche outlets and platforms with a taste for tough-minded exploration.”, - Screen Daily review
Q&A with the director Laurynas Bareisa after the screening.
Duration: 92 min
Genre - Drama, Crime
Language - Lithuanian language with English subtitles.
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Supported by the Lithuanian Foundation and the Lithuanian Days Aotearoa.