Lithuanian filmmaker and academic Mantas Kvedaravičius'
latest work, Parthenon [+]
, was presented during 2019's Venice International Film Critics' Week
. His two previous features, Barzakh
(2011) and Mariupolis
[+] (2016), skillfully explored the themes of dreams and death, and art forms and warfare, respectively. On this occasion, Kvedaravičius chooses to focus his attention on body and memory, and his film is the result of ethnographic research that lasted three years, and which was conducted in Odessa, Istanbul and Athens.
Those who are familiar with (and fond of) hybrid genres, ethnographic documentaries and contemplative cinema will find an enriching, unforgettable visual experience. Kvedaravičius' directorial choices are brave and commendable; filmmakers of his kind guarantee the development of cinematic experimentation and remind us – rightfully – that there are plenty of unexplored narrative possibilities other than the ones offered by established fictional or non-fictional structures and formats.