Ten minutes Before the Flight of Icarus

„Ten Minutes Before the Flight of Icarus“ (1991, 10min., 35mm., colour, Nominum and Lithuania films studio).

Directed by: Arunas Matelis

Screenplay by: Arunas Matelis

DOP: Rimvydas Leipus

Music: Faustas Latenas

Sound: Vidmantas Kazlauskas

Editing: Danute Cicenaite


The film is about Uzupis, a part of Vilnius Old Town. The film depicts the atmosphere of decaying part of the town and reveals the anticipation of something that is about to happen. Maybe a new flight of Icarus.


37th Oberhausen International Film Festival / Main prize

Bornholm International Film & TV festival / 3rd prize

Parnu International Film Festival / Special prize

In 2005 European Coordination of Film Festivals (ECFF) made a list of six most prominent films of Eastern Europe in the last 15 years. ‘Ten minutes Before the Flight of Icarus’ was also included in the list.

After such evaluation, the film was reborn – it was screened at the legendary Cannes Film Festival and is constantly being shown at the most prestigious film festivals in Europe.


Cannes Film Festival, ‘International Critics’ Week’

Anthology Film Archives, New York (Premiere)

Locarno Film Festival, Italy

Film Festival ‘Mediawave’, Hungary

International Documentary Film Festival ‘Dokument Art’

International Documentary Film Festival ‘Cinema du Reel’

International Film Festival ‘Festroia’, Portugal

Brussels Festival of European Film, Belgium

International Short Film Festival in Drama, Greece

Upsala Short Film Festival, Sweden

Brest European Short Film Festival, France

Film Festival Cottbus, Germany

Festival Internatoinal de Cinema d‘Aix-en-Provence et du Pays d‘Aic, France

Festival du film de Vendome, France

Clermont-Ferrand short film festival, France

International Short film festival Lille, France