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FATHER

2012   |   60 min.   |   Documentary   |   Lithuania   |   Trailer   |
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Director and Writer
Marat Sargsyan
Producers
Dagnė Vildžiūnaitė, Jonas Špokas
 
Cinematographer
Linas Dabriška
 
Editors
Jan De Coster, Marat Sargsyan
 
Sound Designer
Kostas Radlinskas
Colorist
Linas Dabriška
Production
Just a moment (LT), Lithuanian Music and Theatre Academy (LT)
Financier
Lithuanian Council for Culture (LT)
Synopsis​
Vidas Zenonas Antonovas has been recorded in the book of the most interesting criminals of Soviet Union. He stole around a million rubles from the state's institutions. Together with his accomplices, he hijacked a plane with passengers in order to split for Africa. He has been nicknamed "The Father of Mafia". 20 years of his time he did in 15 different prisons. Now he is 71 and has a big family - 10 children, 2 grandchildren and a newborn son. It is a documentary about the values of an ex-con, about a man challenging time and destiny, about the drives of an insatiable lust for life. It is a love story of one family. There are neither romantic moments nor miraculous changes. But there is a strong potential to change our understanding about what a happy and loving family is or could be.
Awards and festivals

2013 Best Film Award at Visions du Reel International Film Festival, medium length film competition (CH)
2013 Best Film Award at 53rd Krakow International Film Festival, medium length film competition (PL)
2013 The Award of the Polish Society of Cinematographers (PSC) to Linas Dabriška for the best cinematography at 53rd Krakow International Film Festival (PL)
2013 The 3rd Prize of the Baltic Sea Film competition at Vilnius International Documentary Film Festival (LT)
2013 The 3rd place at 42nd "Lubuskie Lato Filmowe" International film festival of Eastern and Central European Cinema  (PL)
2013 International Film Festival Camerimage (PL)
2013 Zagreb International Film Festival (HR)
2013 International Film Festival Manaki Brothers (MK)
2013 Palic European Film Festival (RS)
2013 International Film Festival "Golden Apricot" (AM)
2013 Vilnius International Film Festival "Kino Pavasaris" (LT)
2012 European Film Forum "Scanorama" (LT)
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Press
Pokalbis su Maratu Sargsyanu: „Jeigu gali nedaryti, geriau nedaryti“ KINFO
Lūkesčiai. Tėvas Kinas
M.Sargsyano „Tėvas“ triumfavo viename didžiausių Europos dokumentinių filmų festivalyje DELFI
„Scanoramoje“ debiutavęs Marato Sargsyano filmas „Tėvas“: daugiavaikės recidyvisto šeimos buitis iš arti 15min.lt
Marato Sargsyano dokumentinis filmas „Tėvas“ Krokuvos filmų festivalyje apdovanotas dviem svarbiais prizais KINFO
Film review: Tevas (Father) “A strangely moving film” Living in Nyon
Interviu prieš premjerą. Kelios gudrybės rūpestingam Tėvui Lietuvių filmų centras
M.Sargsyano filmo herojus V.Antonovas - apie planą užgrobti lėktuvą ir kraupias praeities paslaptis DELFI
Armėnas M. Sargsyanas: lietuviai – nėra niurgzliai Kauno diena