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You Can’t Escape Lithuania is a feature film about a fictional version of Romas Zabarauskas, a gay filmmaker from Lithuania.
Romas helps a good friend, an actress, Indre, to escape Lithuania after she murders her mother and steals her money. Romas also takes his hot Mexican boyfriend Carlos along for the ride.
On the road, Romas gives Indre an ultimatum: if she doesn’t agree to perform in one last experimental film, he will turn her over to the police…
YCEL is a queer art film inspired by Fassbinder, Douglas Sirk and Dostoyevsky.
Lithuania is a tiny Eastern European country with approximately 3 million inhabitants. It’s a country of spectacular landscapes, a rapidly growing economy, and people who dream big. The bad news is that our politicians are increasingly pushing a homophobic agenda. Since 2010, a controversial Protection of Minors law, similar to Russia’s anti-gay legislation, has been in force.
FILMMAKER Romas Zabarauskas
Romas' films Porno Melodrama (30 min.) and We Will Riot (79 min.) tackle the subjects of homophobia, neo-nationalism and corruption. They premiered at the Berlinale in 2011 and the Moscow Film Festival in 2013 respectively, and have been showing around the world ever since.
Denisas Kolomyckis = gay filmmaker Romas Zabarauskas
22-year-old film actor and contemporary artist
Based in: Góis, PortugalDenisas is proud of: opening Agnès b. fashion show at Paris fashion week 2012
Irina Lavrinovic = the actress who kills her mom, Indre
27-year-old film, theater actress and performing artist
Based in Brussels, Belgium
Irina is proud of: her ongoing performance project "In The Toilet With Lavrinovic"
Adrian Escobar = Romas’ Mexican lover Carlos
24-year-old insurance agent
Based in: Mexico city, Mexico
Adrian is proud of: boxing skills and his 4-year-old son
+ special appearance by singer, actor Vaidas Baumila
Cinematographer Ville Piippo
Composer 101 (Evaldas Azbukauskas)
Art Director Giedrė Valeišaitė
Costume Designer Virginija Valeišaitė
Editor Gintarė Sokelytė
Graphic Designer Antanas Laukai
Grassroots Outreach Marija Silk
ARTISTS' REWARDS INSPIRED BY CARLOS
MIX NYC Queer Film Festival is our partner and fiscal sponsor. They will offer partial tax deductions for everyone who donates 100$ and more!
Tomas Rimkus, Daphné Praud, James Stein, Simon Savory, Marc David Jacobs, Rick Flynn, Nadia von Oesterreich, Mark Splinter - these are the cool people who are helping us to reach you!
KICKSTARTER VIDEO & PHOTO SHOOT
Risks and challenges
$20,000 is only the initial amount of money we need—with it, and with all of your online love, we will engage private sponsors and apply to different state funds to collect the whole budget. That will be our main challenge. We will do it: we produced our previous feature, We Will Riot, in exactly the same way, and it was a bigger and more complicated production between New York and Vilnius (Lithuania). Finally, if it all goes to pieces and we don’t find enough money, we’ll make the film anyway—compromising our production values, but not our ideas.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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