Freedom (2000 film)

Freedom (Lithuanian: Laisvė) is a 2000 drama film directed by Šarūnas Bartas. It tells the story of two men and a woman who are stranded in the Moroccan desert after a failed smuggling trip. The film was a co-production between companies in Lithuania, France and Portugal. It premiered in competition at the 57th Venice International Film Festival.[1]

Directed byŠarūnas Bartas
Produced byŠarūnas Bartas
Paulo Branco
Written byŠarūnas Bartas
Music byKipras Masanauskas
CinematographyŠarūnas Bartas
Rimvydas Leipus
Edited byMingailė Murmulaitienė
Release date
  • 6 September 2000 (2000-09-06) (Venice)
Running time
94 minutes


  • Valentinas Masalskis as the man
  • Fatima Ennaflaoui as the girl
  • Axel Neumann as the other


Michael Atkinson wrote in The Village Voice: "Freedom (2000) is Bartas reasserting his perspective in what begins as an almost fully contextualized adventure story: two men and a woman stranded in the Moroccan desert after a smuggling trip goes awry (that single, distantly observed scene, with the coast patrol boat firing away while both boats nearly capsize in rough seas, is one of Bartas's most breathtaking). Speech is a useless recourse in this dangerously gorgeous terrain, and the starving characters join us in simply killing time before the earth swallows them. That may be Bartas's essential idea: The waiting is the hardest part."[2]


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  2. ^ Atkinson, Michael (2003-01-28). "Being There". The Village Voice. Retrieved 2015-05-29.

External linksEdit

  • Freedom at the production company's website