Lithuanian director Kristina Buozyte on Vanishing Waves

Cineuropa got the chance to talk to Lithuanian director Kristina Buozyte about her second feature film, Vanishing Waves, at the 2012 MUCES (Muestra de Cine Europeo) in Segovia. She won the 2012 Méliès d'Or Award for Best European Fantastic Feature Film with Vanishing Waves, which had its premiere at the 2012 Karlovy Vary International Film Festival and will be released via VoD on Walk This Way on 15 July in Denmark, Finland, Norway and Turkey.

Lithuania's film output isn't very high. Do you feel lucky to have been able to make your film?
Of course; I'm very glad to have had the chance to make a film as I wanted to make it – because this movie is not very standard. […] It's not my first movie; it's my second feature. And with my first feature [The Collectress, 2008], I somehow managed to make my way to the second one. […] It opened the gates for this movie.

Why has Vanishing Waves been so successful on the international festival circuit?
(laughs) That's maybe a “why?” for the critics. My goal for the movie was not only to tell a story, but also to create a visual experience for the audience. With the movie I provide not only one layer: the story, but also some kind of journey. A visual journey and a philosophical journey. Maybe that pays off, or something like that. I don't know (laughs).

What did winning the Méliès d'Or mean to you?
It was a very, very big surprise. I am really happy because we are from Lithuania, and it's very hard to get an audience for the movie – because it's a specific movie. Every award and every mention gives it more of a chance to reach the audience. That is the most important thing, because we wrote the film for the audience.

Don't you think it's a little awkward that your film is likely to get a much wider audience abroad than in Lithuania?
There is a problem with the main chain that owns 90% of the cinemas: they refuse to show our movie. They say that it is not commercial enough. […] This stops us from reaching the audience. […] Of course, it's a pity that you can travel abroad and reach an audience and show your movie there – and in my country, we have such a problem. For me personally as a creator, it's very hard.

How did you work on the visual side of Vanishing Waves?
First, I was co-writing Vanishing Waves with my creative partner, Bruno Samper, and he is also the creative director of Vanishing Waves, so this meant that he also came up with the visual aspects. So it was already in the scriptwriting process that we were thinking about the visual aspects […]: talking through pictures and through music, through compositions, and generating ideas through this way of talking. […] I watched a lot of movies by Antonioni because for me, this director is really a master. His movies are not about storytelling – they’re about living and being there.

Do you think Vanishing Waves' success may be helpful in getting some co-producers on board for your next project?
I hope it will help me and it will open some doors. […] For me as a creator, I'm interested in talking about universal ideas, universal problems and universal concepts that could reach audiences in any place whatsoever. […] So we'll see what this will bring.

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31 July 2015, by Cineuropa