Archive of films Breathing into Marble / Kvėpavimas į marmurą

Lithuania / Latvia / Croatia
2018, 97 min

Section: East of the West - Competition
Year: 2018

The life of a three-member, middle-class family fundamentally changes with the arrival of six-year-old Ilja, a withdrawn little boy adopted from a children’s home… Displaying mise-en-scène mastery, debuting Lithuanian director Giedrė Beinoriūtė brings us a taut psychological drama adapted from the award-winning novel of the same name, in which she ramps up the tension in an economical yet highly effective way.


A middle-class couple, Izabelė and Liudas, live in their rural house with their son Gailius, who suffers from epilepsy. One day Izabelė talks her husband into adopting six-year-old Ilja, a headstrong yet withdrawn little boy from a children’s home. With the arrival of the new addition, family life starts to change drastically for all of them… This taut psychological drama by debuting filmmaker Giedrė Beinoriūtė is an adaptation of the award-winning novel of the same name by Laura Sintija Černiauskaitė. Using an economical but highly effective approach, the director ramps up the tension, and her conception of the mise-en-scène is masterful as well. Beinoriūtė states: “Breathing into Marble is about an attempt to warm up stone. It may be impossible, but it’s worth trying.”

Lenka Tyrpáková

About the director

Giedrė Beinoriūtė (b. 1976). Filmgraphy: My Lonely Friends (Mano Vienišos Draugės, 1997, short), Mom, Dad, Brother, Sister (Mama, Tėtis, Brolis, Sesė, 1999, short), City of Trolleybuses (Troleibusų Miestas, 2002, short doc.), Existence (Egzistencija, 2003, short), Vulkanovka. After the Grand Cinema (Vulkanovka. Po Didžiojo Kino, 2005, medium-length doc.), Grandpa and Grandma (Gyveno Senelis Ir Bobutė, 2007, short animated doc.), The Balcony (Balkonas, 2008, medium-length), An Expert (Specialistė, 2012, short doc.), Conversations on Serious Topics (Pokalbiai Rimtomis Temomis, 2012, doc.), Breathing Into Marble (Kvėpavimas į marmurą, 2018)


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Press kit

About the film

Color, DCP
International premiere

Section: East of the West - Competition
Director: Giedrė Beinoriūtė
Screenplay: Giedrė Beinoriūtė podle stejnojmenného románu / based on the novel of the same name by Laura Sintija Černiauskaitė
Dir. of Photography: Audrius Kemežys
Music: Vestards Šimkus
Editor: Armands Začs, Giedrė Beinoriūtė
Art Director: Algirdas Garbačiauskas
Producer: Dagnė Vildžiūnaitė
Production: Just a moment
Coproduction: Mistrus Media, Aning Film
Cast: Airida Gintautaitė, Sigitas Šidlaukas, Joris Baltrūnas, Vilius Minčinauskas, Kristupas Cicėnas
Contact: Just a moment


Giedrė Beinoriūtė

Film Director

Dagnė Vildžiūnaite


Airida Gintautaite


Sigitas Sidlauskas


Tomas Smulkis

Assistant Director


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