No One Wanted to Die / Nikto ne khotel umirat
Vitautas Zalakiavičus, USSR (Lithuania), 1966.
Directed by: Vitautas Zalakiavičus
Script: Vitautas Zalakiavičus
Production company: Lietuvos Kino Studija
Cinematography: Jonas Gritsius
Editing: Izabele Pinaityte
Music: Algimantas Apanavičius
Cast: Regimantas Adomaitis, Juozas Budraitis, Algimantas Masiulis, Donatas Banionis
Running time: 105'
A Red Western from Lithuania voted as the best film of 1966 by readers of the Soviet Screen film magazine. Intended to celebrate the 20th anniversary of the establishment of communism in Lithuania, it actually showcases one of the first anti-Soviet voices. At the end of 1965, the young Lithuanian director Vitautas Zalakiavichus came to Moscow with his new film 'No One Wanted to Die'. Everybody knew that Zalakiavichus’ film would be about the 'Forest Brothers', the anti-communist partisans who operated in Lithuania (and other Baltic states) during and after World War II. But no one expected an anti-Soviet film. At first sight, 'No One Wanted to Die' is a typical Soviet film. Communists and peasants are good; Forest Brothers are bad. The plot is about the revenge of the sons of a village chairman, who is killed by guerrillas. But the main miracle of this film is the choice to make it as a Western, which allowed Zalakiavichus to tell the truth about the Forest Brothers. The film's title states a perfectly clear message, given to the audience with typical Western landscapes and brutal masculine protagonists.
Vitautas Zalakiavichus (1930-1996, Lithuania) started studying maths, but after a few years transferred to the Moscow film school. He broke through with 'Adam Wants to be a Man' (1956). 'No One Wanted to Die' (1966) brought him international fame.
Location and screening schedule: ZAGREB DANCE CENTER, Wednesday, October 19th at 18.00