This French film festival taking place in Lithuania at the beginning of the year is one of the major film events in the Baltic countries.
A unique event in the Baltic countries, the Écrans d'hiver film festival is organised each year by the Lithuania Institut français, in partnership with cinemas in the country. In 2020, the festival will be celebrated in the 12 cities of the country and will celebrate its 15th edition from January 23rd to February 9th. Louis-Julien Petit’s film Les Invisibles (Invisibles) will be presented on the opening night in the presence of actress Déborah Lukumuena.
The festival's programme consists of some 15 recent films and a retrospective showing the richness, quality and diversity of French film heritage. The combination of these two components is a strong feature of the festival’s identity. In 2020, the retrospective entitled "Le hasard dans le cinéma” (“Chance in the Cinema”), for which the Paris Institut français is lending around 15 films from its catalogue, will be devoted to major classic films of French cinema. Selected titles include: Pépé le Moko by Julien Duvivier, Lumière d’été (Summer Light) by Jean Grémillon, Madame de (The Earrings of Madame de...) by Max Ophuls, Paris nous appartient (Paris Belongs to Us) by Jacques Rivette and Mélo by Alain Resnais etc. The festival attracts an annual audience of over 6,000 spectators and the recent extension to new partner cinemas shows that its programming is recognised by professionals and eagerly awaited by the public.