The Lithuanian Oscar Committee has decided that Alantė Kavaitė’s film The Summer of Sangaile (Sangailės vasara) will be Lithuania’s official candidate for the Oscar-nominations as Best Foreign-Language Feature.
The Summer of Sangaile

The film tells the story of the 17-year-old Sangailė who is fascinated by stunt planes. Her biggest dream is to become an aerial acrobatics pilot. But she cannot achieve it unless she overcomes her fear of heights and lack of confidence. For Sangailė, that seems to be impossible. One day she meets charismatic and enthralling Austė, the antipode of herself, at the summer aeronautical show near her parents’ lakeside villa. Sangailė allows Austė to discover her most intimate secret and in the process finds in her teenage love, the only person who truly encourages her to fly.

The world première took place at the Sundance Film Festival, where Alantė Kavaitė won the Directing Award. In February, the film was selected at the Berlinale‘s Panorama. The film has toured some 50 festivals this year, and was screened in Los Angeles, London, Paris, Berlin, San Francisco, Sydney, Zurich, Karlovy Vary, Edinburgh, Bogota.

The film features Julija Steponaitytė (as Sangailė) and Aistė Diržiūtė (as Austė). 23-years-old Aistė Diržiūtė is also among the ten talented newcomer actors selected for the European Shooting Stars 2015.

The film is produced by Fralita Films (Lithuania) and Les Films d’Antoine (France) and co-produced by Viking Film (Netherlands). Film production in Lithuania was supported by the Lithuanian Film Centre.

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