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aka Emilia: Breaking Free (Emilija)
Lithuania 2017. Dir: Donatas Ulvydas. 120 min. DCP

Life for an artist behind the Iron Curtain is powerfully portrayed in top Lithuanian director — and two-time EUFF alumnus — Donatas Ulvydas’s searing, politically-charged period drama. “Set in the early 1970s in Soviet-occupied Lithuania, Emilia is the story of an aspiring young actress in pursuit of a career in theatre, who’s torn between loyalty to the system and dreams of freedom. Drawing strength from a mystery buried deep in her memories of childhood, Emilia walks a fine line between passion, intrigue, and betrayal, only to become a symbol of national defiance” (Fralita Films). In Lithuanian with English subtitles.