DAINOS LAPEI

DAINOS LAPEI (2021)
(Songs for a Fox)

Kristijonas Vildžiūnas
Drama Fantasy Adventure 125'
Lithuania/Latvia/Estonia
Lithuanian (ENG Subs)
Festivals TBD

After his lover's death, a rock singer studies the art of lucid dreaming and descends into a netherworld in hopes of being together again.
Rock singer Dainius (28) locks himself up in solitude in a secluded country house surrounded by swamps. Hoping to meet his beloved in dreamland, he is eagerly assisted by a local boy exploited by moonshiners, whom he takes into this realm.

Vilnius-born director Kristijonas Vildžiūnas is now putting the finishing touches to his fifth feature-length effort, a fantasy-drama entitled Songs for a Fox. Prior to becoming a filmmaker, Vildžiūnas performed with Šiaurės Kryptis, a popular Lithuanian rock band, and since 1995, he has completed three short films and four features – The Lease [+] (2002), You Am I (2006), Back to Your Arms (2010) and Seneca's Day [+] (2016).

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 is being 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, Eurimages, the National Film Centre of Latvia, the European Union's Creative Europe – MEDIA programme, the Cultural Endowment of Estonia and pubcaster LRT.
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