Vytautas ŽALAKEVIČIUS (1930-1996, Lithuania) studied directing at the Gerasimov Institute of Cinematography from 1951 to 1956, graduating with the short film Skenduolis. After graduating, he joined the Lithuanian Film Studio. In 1959, he directed the chapter ‘Living Heroes’ from The Living Heroes. He gained international recognition with his 1965 film Nobody Wanted to Die, which was nominated for Best Film at Karlovy Vary International Film Festival. From 1961 to 1974, Žalakevičius was the artistic director and head of the Lithuanian Film Studio. In 1974, he moved to Moscow, where he worked at Mosfilm and the USSR State Committee for Cinematography. In 1980 he returned to his role at the Lithuanian Film Studio. That same year, he was named People’s Artist of the Republic and his film Story of an Unknown Man was nominated for a Golden Lion. After Lithuania gained independence, he co-founded the film studio 2000 and directed his final film, The Beast Rising From the Sea (1992).
Skenduolis (1956, short), Kol nevelu…/Before It’s Too Late (1957, co-dir), Adomas nori būti žmogumi/Adam Wants to Be a Man (1959), Gyvieji didvyriai/The Living Heroes (1959, co-dir, segment: Living Heroes), Vienos dienos kronika/Chronicles of One Day (1963), Niekas nenorėjo mirti/Nobody Wanted to Die (1965), Visa teisybe apie Kolumba/Everything About Columbus (1970), Eto sladkoye slovo - svoboda!/That Sweet Word: Liberty! (1972), Avariya/Breakdown (1974, TV), Kentavry/Centaurs (1978), Nepažįstamo žmogaus pasakojimas/Story of an Unknown Man (1980), Atsiprašau/Apology (1982), Savaitgalį pragare/Weekend in Hell (1987), Žvėris, kylantis iš jūros/The Beast Is Rising From the Sea (1992)
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