Q&A with Romas Zarabauskas

This openly gay 23-year-old Lithuanian film director captivated international audiences and caused a national scandal with his debut short film PORNO MELODRAMA, a Berlinale 2011 Panorama selection confronting Lithuania’s homophobic legislation. Romas graduated in film in Paris 8 University, France, with a year of exchange studies to Hunter College, New York.

PORNO MELODRAMA 30’ Lithuania, France, Finland 2011

Jonas enjoys his life with his boyfriend Matas, but he wants to emigrate from homophobic Lithuania to live in a more gay-friendly country. In order to earn money to leave, Jonas agrees to star in a straight porn film with his ex-girlfriend Akvile. But Akvile still pines for Jonas and that’s where the melodrama begins….

WE WILL RIOT 76’ Lithuania 2013

Luke is a rich kid, and black hipster DJ from New York. Luke would like to be a rebel, but he realises it’s not easy when your folks are super-rich. When he discovers that he has an estranged Lithuanian grandmother, he defies his parents and decides to visit this far-away country, flying straight to the capital city Vilnius. He falls in love with the city, with a charming girl called Marta, and with local music scene – the Beatmakers.

duration – 105 minutes

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