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Drowning Dry

December 15, 2022


Drowning dry


Drowning dry

by Laurynas Bareisa
Afterschool Productions | Lithuania

Fiction | 2nd feature


Living while reliving.


Together with her sister Justė‘s family, Ernesta, her husband Lukas, and their son Kristupas are spending their weekend at a country house after her husband‘s victory in the fighting cage. The two families spend their time swimming in a nearby lake, having dinner, and discussing family finances. After a tragic accident, the sisters become single mothers. Ernesta‘s husband dies, while her son get seriously injured; Justė‘s husband is sent to prison. The second part of the film follows the sisters‘ life in the aftermath of the tragedy.

Director’s Profile

Laurynas Bareisa (b. 1988, Lithuania) graduated in Applied Mathematics and Cinematography, and earned a MA in Film Directing (2016). He recently worked as cinematographer on the feature film Summer Survivors by Marija Kavtaradze (Toronto IFF, Discovery 2018). He directed the short films By the Pool (Venice IFF, Orizzonti 2017), Caucasus (Locarno FF, Leopards of Tomorrow 2018), Dummy (Berlinale IFF, Berlinale Shorts 2020). His first feature film “Pilgrims” won best film award in Venice Film Festival 2021, Orrizzonti competition. At the moment he is developing his second feature film “Sisters”.

Company Profile

The film production company „afterschool“ based in Vilnius, Lithuania, was established in 2014 by director/cinematographer Laurynas Bareisa and producer Klementina Remeikaite. Since then the company has created and produced over 10 short films, including Laurynas Bareisa’s shorts DUMMY (Berlinale Shorts 2020), Vytautas Katkus short film PLACES (Venice, Orrizzonti 2020). With Lithuanian-based company m-films, “afterschool” co-produced Marija Kavtaradze’s debut feature film SUMMER SURVIVORS (TIFF 2018). Last feature film “Piligrimai” (dir. Laurynas Bareisa) won best film award in Venice film festival, Orrizzonti competition 2021.