Directors: Giedrius Tamosevičius and Vytautas V. Landsbergis
Script authors: Giedrius Tamoševičius and Vytautas V. Landsbergis
Producers: Uljana Kim and Vytautas V. Landsbergis
Cast: Donatas Želvys, Dainius Gavenonis, Indrė Patkauskaitė, Martynas Nedzinskas, Vidas Petkevičius, Arvydas Dapšys, Paulius Markevičius, Algirdas Dainavičius, Jakaterina Makarova, Ramūnas Cicėnas, Emilija Latėnaitė and others.
Go to the forest and die for the freedom of the Motherland? To submit to the occupying power and survive?
Giedrias Tamoševičius and Vytautas V. Landsbergis' feature film "Poetas" based on the true stories of Lithuanian partisans is an exciting film about the desire for freedom, the courage to oppose the hated regime at any cost, even at the cost of one's life. It is like a living history lesson, vividly illustrating the choice that many former officers, students, teachers and other ordinary citizens of the country of independent Lithuania had to make in the post-war years.
Expelled from the Writers' Union of the Lithuanian SSR for his anti-Soviet literature, the talented poet Kostas is forced to cooperate with the Soviet security structures and is sent to a small town to work as a teacher. But his real task is to befriend local guerrillas and betray their identities and whereabouts. With the help of his old friend and crush - the local librarian Jules - Kostas gets to know the partisan commander Taurus and gradually becomes friends with him.
Increasingly understanding the motives of the partisans, seeing their determination, courage and determination, but at the same time being increasingly pressured by the security forces, Kostas feels surrounded by an insoluble dilemma: should he listen to the voice of his heart and stay with Jule and the partisans fighting for Lithuania's freedom, or betray them and become famous and an appreciated writer of the nation.
The tape, based on the biographical stories of Kostos Kubilinskis and other post-war personalities, was recognized as the best film of the Baltic countries at the "Black Nights" film festival held in Tallinn in November.