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Three Days
(Trys Dienos)

Screening on Film
Directed by Sharunas Bartas.
With Yekaterina Golubeva, Rimma Latypova, Arunas Sakalauskas.
USSR/Lithuania, 1991, 35mm, color, 75 min.
Russian with English subtitles.

In this first feature by Bartas, two young men take a trip from their village to Kaliningrad, the postwar Russian city built on the remains of Prussian Königsberg. In the gray industrial landscapes there, they meet a young woman, stroll through town, stand around, search the harbor front unsuccessfully for a place to make love, then part. The words they exchange reveal hardly anything about them, their body language not much more. While what we see is uneventful, Bartas, like Sokurov, uses indeterminate ambient sound that hints at meaningful social interaction occurring elsewhere, offscreen. In the minimal, poetic world of Bartas, life is always somewhere other than where the camera is.

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