V Baltic Sea Region Film History Conference. 

Cooperation and Co-creativity in/between Cinemas of the Baltic Sea Region



19th of September, MO museum, Event space (Pylimo str. 17)

10:00 – 11:00 Registration of the speakers, coffee

11:00 – 12:15 Conference welcome followed by:

Keynote speaker Anna Estera Mrozewicz (Adam Mickiewicz University):

Reimagining Norden’s Eastern Frontier in Nordic Cinemas and TV Series



Eva Näripea (National Archives of Estonia):

Cinema and the Geography of International Co-operation: Transnational Spaces in Marek Piestrak’s The Test of Pilot Pirx (Test pilota Pirxa, 1978)

Mia Öhman (University of Helsinki):

From Lenin’s Adventures in Finland to Trust (1976). How a Soviet-Finnish Film Project Became a Tool in Cultural Cold War

Dita Rietuma (Latvian National Film Centre):

Baltic Coproduction – Possibilities and Challenges

13:45 – 14:45 Lunch

14:45 – 15:45 INFRASTRUCTURE: Films on the Road

Aline Meyenberg (Johannes Gutenberg University):

Between Cooperation and Confrontation: Soviet Film Export to Sweden, Finland and Poland in Comparison (1953-1964)

Irina Tcherneva (School for Advanced Studies in the Social Sciences):

Foreign Resources for a Multifaceted Modernisation of the Cinema Infrastructure and Spectatorship in the Soviet Union.

Connections and Reappropriations (1956–1970)


15:45 – 16:45 WAYS TO REMEMBER

Violeta Davoliūtė (Lithuanian Culture Research Institute):

Baltic Filmmakers and the Memory of World War Two during the Late Soviet Period

Natalija Arlauskaitė (Vilnius University):

Animating WWII: Tales of the Third Generation


19:00 Opening of Vilnius International Documentary Film Festival, c/f “Skalvija” (A. Goštauto str. 2) (with invitations only)

20th of September, MO museum, Event space (Pylimo str. 17)

10:00 – 10:45 Keynote speaker Raisa Sidenova (Newcastle University):

The Notions of the Poetic in Soviet Documentary Film



Elīna Reitere (Kino Raksti)

“Is It Easy To Be Young” at International Leipzig Documentary and Short Film Week for Cinema and Television in 1987

Egor Shmonin (Concordia University)

Late-Soviet Baltic Post-Poetic Documentaries: Mapping the Collapse, Reviving Spatial Memory

Narius Kairys (Vilnius Academy of Arts):

From Ethnography to Fiction: the Case Studies of Tofalaria (1986) and Few of Us (1996)


12:15 – 13:15 Lunch


13:15 – 14:15 BALTIC DOCUMENTARIES: Common Perspectives

Zane Balčus (Latvian Academy of Culture):

Portrait of a Rapture: Juris Podnieks’ Hello, Do You Hear Us?

Audrius Stonys (Lithuanian Academy of Music and Theatre):

Vectors of Baltic Documentary


14:15 – 15:45 CINEMA AND COMMUNITY: Reception and Activism

Kristina Tanis (National Research University Higher School of Economics):

Soviet Spectators and "Trophy Films" after WWII: Western Cinematic Products through the Soviet Optics

Lina Kaminskaitė-Jančorienė (Lithuanian Culture Research Institute):

Heritage, Memory and Community: Case Study of Panevėžys Cinema “Garsas” (1968)

Ilona Jurkonytė (Concordia University):

Production of Cinematic Public Space and Its Potentials Today


15:45 – 16:15

A Presentation of the Work-in-progress Book by Inga Pērkone (Latvian Academy of Culture):

Stage of the Screen: Acting in Latvian Cinema


18:30 Vilnius Documentary Film Festival: opening of Herz Frank’s retrospective, c/f “Skalvija” (A. Goštauto str. 2) introduced by Raisa Sidenova


20:30 Dinner, drinks, farewell 

The event is open to the public and free of charge.

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