"4 STARS. A fable about love, longing and the circle of life."
- Meredith Taylor, Tallinn 2021 Review (FILMUFORIA)"Outstanding, and the icing on the cake is the presence of an engaging score."
- Davide Abbatescianni, Tallinn 2021 Review (CINEUROPA)
SONGS FOR A FOX PREMIERED IN COMPETITION - TALLINN BLACK NIGHTS
Retired rockstar Kristijonas Vildžiūnas
's 5th feature is a rich and swampy lucid dream, blending live action drama, neon fantasy and some bonus musical numbers, as the heartbroken protagonist holes up in a dome and sets off on a delirious journey to reconnect with his recently deceased girlfriend.
The main cast members are Lukas Malinauskas
, Agnese Cīrule
, Rokas Rinkevičius
, Mantas Zemleckas
, Saulius Bareikis
, Agnieška Ravdo
and Kamilė Gudmonaitė
. Moreover, the technical crew working on the project include DoP Jurgis Kmins
, production designer Jurgis Krāsons
, editor Dounia Sichov
, costume designer Agnė Rimkutė
, make-up artist Eglė Mikalauskaitė-Gricienė
, animation and VFX director Jaagup Metsalu
, animation and VFX art designer Albert Kerstna
, and sound designer Saulius Urbanavičius
. The film's score is courtesy of Zigmantas Butautis
and the director himself, who also recorded vocals for the songs.
Speaking about his sources of inspiration, Vildžiūnas told Cineuropa
: "Imagery from Lithuanian folklore and from artists such as Pieter Bruegel, wildlife photography and 3D animation were used to capture the right atmosphere in order to convey to the audience the expansive nature of this story"
Meanwhile, producer Uljana Kim
disclosed part of the complex production dynamics: "All sets were built on location in nearby swamps and forests. Most of the dreams were shot during the blue hour, which helped to blend decoration, VFX and 3D animation into the image seamlessly." Songs for a Fox
produced by Uljana Kim for Lithuania's Studio Uljana Kim
, and co-produced by Roberts Vinovskis
for Latvia's Studio Locomotive
and Kalev Tamm
for Estonia's Eesti Joonisfilm
, with the support of the Lithuanian Film Centre
, the National Film Centre of Latvia
, the European Union's Creative Europe – MEDIA
programme, the Cultural Endowment of Estonia
and pubcaster LRT.