Archive of films Summer of Sangaile / Sangaïlé

Lithuania / France / Netherlands
2015, 88 min

Section: Variety Critics’ Choice
Year: 2015

A fragile and hesitant teenage girl marveles at the stunt airplanes cartwheeling overhead, but they’re not the only things to soar and plummet in this sensuous and sensitive teen romance. The director has achieved a heartfelt and impressionistic snapshot of adolescence, roller-coaster emotions, and self-discovery.


Cartwheeling stunt airplanes aren’t the only things that soar and plummet in this sensuous and sensitive teen romance, where the real roller-coaster ride is that of turbulent adolescent emotions. Paris-based Lithuanian filmmaker Alanté Kavaïté returns to her home turf for this heartfelt snapshot of summer love and self-discovery, enhanced by two hugely appealing lead performances by newcomers Julija Steponaitytė and Aistė Diržiūtė. Their eyes first meet at a local aerobatics show, and the attraction moves quickly from mild crush to all-consuming infatuation. At its best, the film captures the special intensity of those relationships in which everything seems to fade away save for the other person. Onscreen, the gamine Diržiūtė and the hypnotic, blazingly blue-eyed Steponaityte pull us so deeply into their shared rapture that, indeed, we lose all sense of which way is up.

Scott Foundas

About the director

Alanté Kavaïté

Alanté Kavaïté (Vilnius) began her career as the lead actress in Lithuanian Raimundas Banionis’ Jazz (1992). After moving to France she studied first in Avignon and later in Paris at the École nationale supérieure des Beaux-Arts, where she specialized in photography and video art. Before realizing her first feature entitled Fissures (Écoute le temps, 2006), she worked as an editor and also focused on short features. While she mixed elements of thriller and fantasy in her internationally successful debut – a story in which the protagonist investigates the circumstances surrounding her fortune-telling mother’s murder – her new work is a subtle psychological study of growing up.


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About the film

Color, DCP

Section: Variety Critics’ Choice
Director: Alanté Kavaïté
Screenplay: Alanté Kavaïté
Dir. of Photography: Dominique Colin
Music: JB Dunckel
Editor: Joëlle Hache
Art Director: Ramūnas Rastauskas
Producer: Živilė Gallego, Antoine Simkine
Production: Fralita Films, Les Films d'Antoine
Coproduction: Viking Film
Cast: Julija Steponaitytė, Aistė Diržiūtė, Jūratė Sodytė, Martynas Budraitis, Laurynas Jurgelis
Sales: Playtime


Alanté Kavaïté

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