IN THE TRAVELER´S HEART

16mm | Lithuania, Germany, Brazil | 20min | 2013

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WATCH THE FILM

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SYNOPSIS

The winter reigns as the Traveler crosses by feet an ancient landscape.

In this place there's also another presence, someone who's very similar to the Traveler. Does the Traveler realise this figure that cohabits the same space as him? Is the other a guardian angel or a devil?

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TRAILER

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POSTER

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DIRECTOR´S STATEMENT

Blessed is the one who waits in the traveller's heart for his turning.
L. Cohen, Poem 50

In the traveler's heart was produced during a 2-month residancy at the Nida Art Colony, in Nida, a Lithuanian village by the Baltic Sea.

When we set off wanted to conceive and shoot a film that could have been originated in a remote era, before technology and cinema existed.?A film that would refresh the past, made of images and sounds that might place a viewer over the abyss of immemorial times.

How would a film shaped by the perception of someone from a distant past look like? If there had been filmmakers among the ancient Egyptians, or in Middle Age Europe, how would have been the images and the sounds that they filmed and recorded?

A character suddenly appears on the seashore.
The Traveler carries evidences about his origins and his culture: The poncho and the hat, the star and sun.
As he advances exploring the space, he will approach someone very similar to him. The path of the Traveler will lead him to an encounter with this double, or back to his point of departure.

The Traveler embodies an idea of the South that relates to the past, a mythical South.

In the first weeks in Nida we explored the space, scouting possible locations. This defined the geography of the film, the path to be crossed by the Traveler. Day by day we designed and manufactured the costumes, props and the golden background that appear in the film.?In a storage room at the Nida Art Colony a film lab was installed, where at night we would hand processing the 16mm negative shot during the day. Our shooting unit consisted of film cameras and sound recorder, costumes and provisions. For the transport we placed everything on a sledge so we could slide it over the snow to the locations: the dunes, the beach, the forest, and the frozen lake. We exchanged roles constantly: one of us did camera and directed while the other acted.

The film was commissioned by the Contemporary Art Centre, Vilnius, with support of the Nida Art Colony and Goethe-Institut Vilnius.

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CAST AND CREW

Cast
MELISSA DULLIUS
GUSTAVO JAHN

Direction and Production
MELISSA DULLIUS & GUSTAVO JAHN

Cinematography
MELISSA DULLIUS & GUSTAVO JAHN

Production
DISTRUKTUR

Script
MELISSA DULLIUS & GUSTAVO JAHN

Editing and Sound
MELISSA DULLIUS & GUSTAVO JAHN

Audio Mastering
BILL ROBIN FULLER at South London HiFi

Music
MELISSA DULLIUS

Support
VSEVOLOD KOVALEVSKIJ JULIANA MRVOVÁ ALI GÖZKAYA
LINAS RAMANAUSKAS SACHA WALDRON RASA ANTANAVICIUTE
VYTAUTAS MICHELKEVICIUS GINTAUTAS TRIMAKAS ULA TORNAU
ASTA VAICIULYTE KESTUTIS KUIZINAS ZILVINAS LANDZBERGAS
VILIUS MACIULSKIS VYTAUTAS JUOZENAS JOHANNA KELLER
OSCAR DE GISPERT JOSÉ MARÇAL NEIVA PICCININI BILL ROBIN FULLER

THE FILM WAS COMISSIONED BY THE CONTEMPORARY ART CENTRE, VILNIUS
WITH SUPPORT OF THE NIDA ART COLONY AND GOETHE INSTITUT VILNIUS

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PRESS RELEASE

Download PDF here

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PRESS

Gustavo Jahn & Melissa Dullius talk to Teresa Villaverde
pdf

Interview to Goethe Institute cultural magazine
in german and lithuanian
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IMAGES

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SCREENINGS

2016
20° FESTIVAL DE CINEMA LUSO-BRASILEIRO | Vintage | SANTA MARIA DA FEIRA
THE LAST MACHINE | Filmmuseum | VIENNA
EKSPERIMENTALA KINO VAKARI | Kino Bize | RIGA
DISTRUKTUR VISITS L'ETNA | L'Etna | PARIS
NOCTURNAL REFLECTIONS | Macao | MILANO

2015

SET TO GO | VILNIUS, TALLINN, HELSINKI
PHOTOPLAY SERIES N. 2 | Spektrum |BERLIN
SALÃO TRANSARTES | Forum Brasil | BERLIN
CORNWALL FILM FESTIVAL | UK
FRENKEL DEFECTS | US
VIDEOBRASIL | SÃO PAULO
(S8) MOSTRA DE CINEMA PERIFÉRICO | A CORUÑA
PERSPECTIVES -ON MOVING | Z Bar | BERLIN
FILMESPERFORMANCE | NK | BERLIN
FYI ACADEMIE MINERVA BEELDENDE KUNST & VORMGEVING | GRONINGEN
DIFFRAKTION | Ehemaliges Stummfilmkino Delphi Berlin | BERLIN

2014

CINE ESQUEMA NOVO | COMPETITION | PORTO ALEGRE * Premio de Aquisição TVE/RS
FESTCURTASBH | MATERIALIDADES | BELO HORIZONTE
KANSK VIDEO FESTIVAL | INTERNATIONAL COMPETITION | KANSK
MOSCOW INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL | CINE FANTOM | MOSCOW
ANALOGUE ZONE #3 | Cimatheque | CAIRO
WHERE DREAMS CROSS | Rygerfjord | STOCKHOLM
DOUBLE PREMIERE | Ausland | BERLIN

2013

RITUAL ROOM | CONTEMPORARY ART CENTRE | VILNIUS
IV JANELA INTERNACIONAL DE CINEMA DO RECIFE | INTERNATIONAL COMPETITION
31. TORINO FILM FESTIVAL | WAVES
V SEMANA DOS REALIZADORES | BRAZILIAN COMPETITION | RIO DE JANEIRO
17. FESTIVAL DE CINEMA LUSO BRASILEIRO DE SANTA MARIA DA FEIRA | SHORTS COMPETITION