Mr Landsbergis

Dir. Sergei Loznitsa, 2021, 246 min


Rhynsburger Theatre Sat, Mar 5 12:15 PM
Big Ragtag Sun, Mar 6 10:00 AM
Film Info
Original Language:Lithuanian


The seeds of the Soviet Union’s collapse were nurtured by a seemingly unlikely gardener: a mild-mannered music professor turned reluctant politician, Vytautas Landsbergis. Sergei Loznitsa’s latest zooms in on Landsbergis’ leadership along the path to independence for Lithuania, the first republic to leave the USSR. Loznitsa—that rare filmmaker who can produce masterworks in both fiction (My Joy) and documentary (Maidan)—rolls out this intricate story like a game of global chess. Wielding stunning archival footage, Mr Landsbergis places us with visceral immediacy inside world-changing historical moments, both in the streets and behind closed doors. Throughout, Landsbergis shares his memories with disarming candor and an impish sense of humor. This essential documentary employs a vast temporal canvas, but don’t be deterred: It’ll have you on the edge of your seat throughout its epic runtime. (EAH) Presented by the Kinder Institute on Constitutional Democracy