The Watchlist: Klassiki Picks with Ingeborga Dapkūnaitė

The Watchlist is Klassiki’s series of themed viewing recommendations drawing from the cinema of Eastern Europe, the Caucasus, and Central Asia. For the latest edition of Klassiki Picks, our series of curated watchlists personally selected for our subscribers by celebrated filmmakers, writers, and actors, we’re delighted to welcome renowned Lithuanian actor Ingeborga Dapkūnaitė. Below is an abridged introduction to Ingeborga’s selections; Klassiki subscribers can watch her video introduction in full here.

Regimantas Adomaitis, Juozas Budraitis, and Regina Paliukaitytė in Feelings (dir. Algirdas Dausa and Almantas Grikevičius, 1968)

I am Lithuanian, and an actress. I chose films that I think are very distinctive. Each of them is made by an artist; some of them are not alive anymore. I grew up in the Soviet Union, and we didn’t have many American films – in fact we didn’t have “mainstream” films at all. So, these are the films I grew up with. Sometimes they were hard work, but I hope you like them.

 

Feelings (dir. Algirdas Dausa and Almantas Grikevičius)

Feelings has the two most famous Lithuanian actors of the twentieth century: Regimantas Adomaiti and Juozas Budraitis. Regimantas is no longer with us; Juozas is still working and still doing wonderful films. This is a love story, a wonderfully romantic film, which is beautifully shot. I would say it’s very Lithuanian.

Watch Feelings now and explore our collection of Baltic titles here.

 

The Fifth Seal (dir. Zoltán Fábri)

The Fifth Seal is a Hungarian film made during the communist period. It’s about the choices you make in life and how those choices affect us. It starts very casually, and then it becomes a moral dilemma. I think it’s very relevant.

Watch The Fifth Seal now and explore our collection of classic Hungarian titles here.

The Jump (dir. Giedrė Žickytė, 2020)

The Jump (dir. Giedrė Žickytė)

This is another Lithuanian film, a documentary. It was made by a wonderful woman called Giedrė Žickytė. She’s an outstanding Lithuanian filmmaker, a documentarian. It took her six years to complete. It’s a wonderful story of a man whose life completely changed because of his “jump”: I won’t spoil it, but it’s a remarkable piece of work.

Watch The Jump now and explore our collection of documentaries here.

 

Blue Mountains (dir. Eldar Shengelaia)

Talking about Blue Mountains, you can’t not smile. It’s a very particular Georgian sense of humour, yet it’s a very Soviet film. It’s a film which has so much love for life – you can’t help but marvel at it.

Watch Blue Mountains now and explore our full collection of Eldar Shengelaia titles here.

 

The Long Farewell (dir. Kira Muratova)

Kira Muratova is a legendary Ukrainian filmmaker. This particular film was made in 1971 and for some bizarre reason was banned. She didn’t work afterwards for ten years. It’s not a political film, it’s a heart-breaking film. She has her own, very distinctive style of filmmaking, and that’s why it’s my final choice.

Watch The Long Farewell now and explore our full collection of Kira Muratova titles here.

 

Klassiki Picks with Ingeborga Dapkūnaitė is available to subscribers from 11 July – 1 August.