The Sun Sets in the East
The Sun Sets in the East
A film about a man at a time when nothing was certain, except for one's faith and the landscapes around you. It's a Project of Earth.
A film about a man at a time when nothing was certain, except for one's faith and the landscapes around you. It's a Project of Earth. Read more
The Suns Sets in the East is an avant-garde documentary film contrasting present-day Lithuania with extracts from a peasant's diary from 1984/85.
A few years ago, the film's producer, Agne Dovydaityte, discovered a diary her grandfather left after his death. She read it over and over, and it helped her to find peace while living, working and studying in London. When she met Alexander Belinski, the film's director and cinematographer, they realised that the diary is a touching account of the simple life of a peasant in Soviet Lithuania: the idea for the film was born.
The best thing about it might seem rather odd. Nothing dramatic happens in the diary, nothing major happens in a whole year of the peasant's life. He lives within nature's pace, goes to church, works in allotments, visits other villages... It presents the beauty of a lifestyle that is almost forgotten today. And the film aims to capture it.
The voiceover of selected days from the diary in the film contrasts shots of present day Lithuania - abandoned allotments, heavy industry, and the disturbing feeling one gets when looking at the forgotten landscapes of the country, which is now known as one of the leading countries by suicide rate.
While the film started as a two-people project, the team is growing, as more and more talented people offer their help and contributions to the film. While the writer and producer of the film Agne Dovydaityte keeps on top of the social media appearance, uses her journalistic background to get as much publicity for the film as possible, and translates her grandfather's words into English, Alexander Belinski, the director and cinematographer, is the creative leader of the project.
Alexander Belinski: This film follows in the tradition of 'slow cinema'. Aesthetically, it is inspired by the works of Jonas Mekas, James Benning, and Peter Hutton.
It is a meditative film, which shows and considers the beauty of the ordinary - the landscapes we pass through, the mementos we keep, and the people we meet.
While it is set in Lithuania, and based on the diary of a Lithuanian man, we believe that it has a far more universal reach, and should resonate individually with everyone who watches it.
Agne Dovydaityte: I came to London through a lucky coincidence of my uncle winning the lottery, and my working-class family was then able to afford to send me to study abroad. Following this kind gesture, I was studying and working throughout my 3-year-stay in London. I learned how to be a bartender, and enjoyed talking to people, listening to their stories and sorrows. It helped me understand what people living in large cities are missing - peace. And this film is my attempt to give this peace to them and to myself.
For this realisation I am grateful to every person I met, to all regulars at my bar, to my colleagues, and academic communities in London. I hope that now they will see me in a different way. I can be a jokey bartender or a serious reporter, but there are duties that are calling me, and it is my time to tell the story.
Making a small budget debut film is an eye opening experience about yourself and the people around you. We are grateful to each of you who ask about the project, tell others about it, and contribute in any way possible. The brilliant graphic designer Gabriele Monginaite restlessly creates and edits everything from our business cards, to our posters, t-shirts, and other rewards. Evelina Bukauskaite so far was the most patient driver any filmmaker could wish for, and Egle Dovydaityte helps us a lot with technical things, such as the transcription of the diary.
We want this SPECIAL THANK YOU list in the credits of the film to be as long as possible. And it will be ... if we manage to reach our goal!
This is a small budget film and it is mostly funded from our own savings, however, it is not enough, and we need YOUR help. The money we raise will be spent on:
- A professional Lithuanian actor to read the voiceover for the film
- Festival fees
We will do our best not to disappoint. While we believe that the creation of a film is itself the biggest and most priceless reward, we wish to thank you in many other ways - so you have some material token to remind you about your amazing contribution to the film.
We've tried to be reasonable with the rewards, to you, ourselves, and our budget. They vary from a mention in the credits of the film to the role of executive producer, a short film made just for you, or even dedicating our debut film to someone of your choosing. Between these rewards there are many others, including stylised camera t-shirts, film-themed t-shirts, tote bags, signed posters, DVDs, online streaming links for the film, film-themed calendars, and even a day of filming with us in Lithuania.
Feel free to contact us, if you have any other suggestions, if your company has an offer to make, or if you want to help us in any other way!
Below is the campaign video with Lithuanian subtitles:
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FIND OUT MORE
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Or read about us in the media:
MUGE, LOCAL NEWSPAPER IN KEDAINIAI, LITHUANIA
Also you can contact us via firstname.lastname@example.org
Thank you, ačiū, спасибо, dankeschön
Agne and Alex
Risks and challenges
One of our main concerns is the delivery date for the streaming links and DVDs, as this will depend on the date of the film's completion, as well as the time of its festival run, and any potential distribution possibilities that may arise.
However, the other rewards, such as bags, posters, etc. we should be able to deliver even earlier than promised, as these do not depend on the film's completion date.
We also hope that we will have sufficient funds to finish the film without needing any more. Knowing that Lithuania is a fairly 'affordable' country for film production, we believe that this shouldn't be an issue.
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