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City Cinema and Media

The 8th Baltic Sea Region Film Conference

20–21 October 2023, Vilnius, Lithuania

Venue: Sinemateka

A. Goštauto st. 2, Vilnius

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Programme | 20 October


9:15 - 9:45 | Registration

9:45 - 10:00 | Welcome

10:00 - 10:45 | Opening presentation “Postcard from the future” by Ievgeniia Gubkina and Tatjana Kononenko

Screening of the film “You See, Time Becomes Space Here” (Ukraine, 2022) and conversation between the authors Ievgeniia Gubkina and Tatjana Kononenko

10:45 - 11:45 |  Panel 1. Cinematic Reclamation of Place

Chair: Ilona Jurkonytė (Vilnius University)

Nerijus Milerius (Vilnius University, Lithuania)
Cities in War and Everyday Warscapes

Narius Kairys (Lithuanian Academy of Music and Theatre)
Film as a Testimony: The Cinematographic Representations of Mariupol


11:45 - 12:45 | Lunch break

12:45 - 14:15 | Panel 2. Time and City

Chair: Samantha Bodamer (University of Pittsburgh)

Teisi Ligi (Tallinn University, Estonia)
Concrete Across Time: An Exploration of Lévinasian Ethics in Poetic Documentary


Andrius Gudauskas (Vilnius University, Lithuania)
Cinematographical Time is Real


Elina Reitere (Kino Raksti, Latvia)
Decolonial Moment as Factor of Relevance for Reception of Dāvis Sīmanis´ Film "D is for Devision" ("Mūris," 2018) 


14:15 - 14:30­­ | Break

14:30 - 16:00­­ | Panel 3. Cinema Event and Culture


Chair: Zane Balčus (Latvian Academy of Culture)

Giorgia Rizzioli (Coventry University, UK)
Cinematic Placemaking: Curating and Examining Cinema in Urban Space 


Mantė Valiūnaitė (LMTA, Art History and Theory Department)
Regained Screens: Contemporary Documentary Film Culture in Lithuania 


Peter Vergas (Romanian Institute for Research on National Minorities)
Film cultures at the Transilvania International Film Festival  


16:00 - 17:00 | Panel 4. Cinema Space and Society

Chair: Eva Näripea (Film Archive of the National Archives of Estonia)

Derya Özkan and Ayşenur Onaran (Izmir University of Economics, Turkey)
“There used to be a movie theater here”: mapping movie theaters in Buca, Izmir


Ilona Jurkonytė (Vilnius University)
Cinema Culture and Heritage vs. Cinema Culture Heritage?


17:00 - 17:15 | Break

17:15 - 18:15 | Keynote presentation Techno-Fragility and Hope: LED Screen Death and the Maidan by Chris Berry (King’s College London)

20:00­ | Welcome dinner


Programme | 21 October

9:00 - 9:30­ | Registration

9:30 - 10:30­ | Keynote presentation Transnational Production Networks and Peripheral Media Capitals: Prague as a Global Film Set by Petr Szczepanik (Charles University, Prague, Czech Republic)

10:30 - 12:00 | Panel 5. Audiences and Urban Culture

Chair: Lina Kaminskaitė (LMTA Art History and Theory Department, Lithuanian Culture Research Institute)

Jono Van Belle and Maria Jansson (Örebro University, Sweden)
Audience definitions in media policy 

Åsa Jernudd (Örebro University, Sweden)
What to make of a diary from the early 20th Century? Time-geography as a method for understanding cinemagoing as mediatization

Łukasz Biskupski (University of Łódź, Poland)
City of Attractions: The Double Birth of Cinema and its Impact on Urban Culture in Łódź at the Turn of the 19th and 20th Centuries


12:00 - 12:15­ | Coffee Break

12:15 - 13:45­ | Panel 6. Audiovisual Culture and Environmental Concerns


Chair: Åsa Jernudd (Örebro University, Sweden)


Zane Balčus (Latvian Academy of Culture)
On the Lookout for Saving the City  


Erik Florin Persson and Per Vesterlund (Linnaeus University; Stockholm University & University of Gävle; Uppsala University)
Utopia, Nightmare and Nostalgia. Audiovisual representations of the changes in the Cityscape of Gothenburg during the 1960s and 1970s 


Anna Estera Mrozewicz (Lund University, Sweden)
Transnational cinemas of the Baltic Sea. A sustainable regioscape in the making


13:45 - 14:45 | Lunch Break

14:45 - 16:15­­ | Panel 7. Identities and Changing Urban Spaces


Chair: Eva Näripea (Film Archive of the National Archives of Estonia)


Samantha Bodamer (University of Pittsburgh)
Spaces of Otherness: Heterotopian Logic in Early Films of The Riga School of Poetic Documentary


Violeta Davoliūtė (Lithuanian culture research institute, Lithuania)
Representations of the post-genocidal shtetl in Soviet Lithuanian cinema 


Vitalij Binevič (Lithuanian Culture Research Institute)
The Erotization of City Spaces in the Cinema of Soviet Lithuania 


16:15 - 16:30 | Break

16:30 - 18:00 | Panel 8. Urban Experiences


Chair: Jono Van Belle (Örebro University, Sweden)


Kamil Lipiński (an independent researcher, Poland)
On the verge of reality and dream in Piotr Dumała's surreal vision of the city "Ederly"


Gabrielė Radzevičiūtė (Vilnius Academy of Arts)
Stasys Ušinskas' animated film The Dream of the Fatty (1938): a satirical look at the modern urban experience


Gintarė Bidlauskienė (Vilnius University)
Representing Urban Change: Dialogue about Vilnius between the Films of A. Grikevičius and E. Doškus 


18:00 | Farewell drinks and snacks!

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