Vanishing Waves

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July 23, 2013

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PRODUCT DETAILS

  • FORMAT: DVD
  • SKU: ART8
  • UPC: 854555004064
  • ISBN: 9781939196064
  • NUMBER OF DISCS: 2
  • COUNTRY: Lithuania
  • RATING: Not rated
  • YEAR: 2012
  • LENGTH: 120 Minutes
  • AUDIO: Lithuanian with English subtitles, 5.1 Surround Sound
  • ASPECT RATIO: 2.35:1
  • COLOR: Color
  • BONUS MATERIAL: The Collectress – Kristina Bouzyte’s first feature film (84 minutes), Cineuropa Interview with Kristina Bouzyte, Making of Vanishing Waves featurette, 12-page collector’s booklet, Reversible DVD wrap featuring explicit cover, Original motion picture soundtrack, trailers

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ORIGINAL TITLE

Aurora

SYNOPSIS

A hypnotic, erotic and riveting film that transcends any perceived limitations of the science fiction genre, Vanishing Waves is one of the year’s most provocative international films. Lukas (Marius Jampolskis) is a researcher who volunteers for a sensory deprivation experiment attempting to communicate with Aurora (Jurga Jutaite), a young comatose woman. The experiment takes an unexpected twist when the two meet in their mutually altered forms of consciousness. Soon, their psychic meetings turn into a romantic, sexually charged relationship set against the backdrop of surreal dreamscapes created by their collective minds. To protect their newfound bond, Lukas hides his findings from the researchers. But, will his deception doom their relationship?

CREDITS

Director: Kristina Buožytė
Running time: 120 minutes
Country: Lithuania, France, Belgium
Language: Lithuanian with English subtitles
Screenwriters: Kristina Buožytė & Bruno Samper
Cast: Marius Jampolskis, Jurga Jutaitė, Rudolfas Jansonas, Vytautas Kaniušonis, Brice Fournier, Philip Lenkowski, Martina Jablonskytė, Macej Marczewsky, Frédéric Anscombre, Frédéric Andrau, Darius Meškauskas
Creative Director: Bruno Samper
Producer: Ieva Norviliene
Cinematography: Feliksas Abrukauskas
Editor: Suzanne Fenn
Music: Peter von Poehl

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MEDIA QUOTES

“A hypnotic, erotic and riveting film that transcends any perceived limitations of the science fiction genre, Vanishing Waves is one of the year’s most provocative international films.” – SciFiTalk.com

“The rare Lithuanian export combines science fiction, science-fact, digital artistry and dreamy erotica in the service of movie that challenges viewers to consider what’s at stake when it comes to messing with the mind.” – MovieCityNews.com

“…disturbingly surreal…hauntingly beautiful.” – IndieWire

“A smart, intense science fiction film…It’s beautifully framed and filmed, creating a captivating world just the type of intelligent film the sci-fi genre needs.” – FilmSchoolRejects.com

“A scintillating sci-fi throwback, Vanishing Waves draws inspiration from Stanley Kubrick and Andrei Tarkovsky, among others, but without feeling plagiaristic.” – Slant Magazine

“Visually stunning…emotional…powerful” – Examiner.com

NEWS & INTERVIEWS

FANGORIA.com: Q&A: Kristina Buozyte on surreal, psychosexual VANISHING WAVES

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Vanishing Waves imagines something intense: A neural connection, a relationship forged entirely inside the mind of someone who’s retreated entirely from trauma and the world at large. There, thanks to stunning scientific progression, a surreal, incredibly sexual and weirdly violent landscape awaits. It makes for a haunting, beautiful headtrip in Lithuanian filmmaker Kristina Buozyte’s second feature, now arriving on DVD from thrilling new distributor Artsploitation Films. [Read the entire article here!]

2012 FANTASTIC FEST: VANISHING WAVES Sweeps the awards!

Called, “One of the greatest film festivals on the face of the planet” by www.dreadcentral.com, Fantastic Fest in Austin,Texas announced their 2012 awards on Monday, September 24th and Vanishing Waves was a big winner, garnering:

Best Picture: Vanishing Waves (dir. Kristina Buozyte)

Best Director: Kristina Buozyte (Vanishing Waves)

Best Screenplay: Bruno Samper, Kristina Buozyte (Vanishing Waves)

Best Actress: Jurga Jutaite (Vanishing Waves)

For the full press release: http://fantasticfest.com/news/entry/the_fantastic_fest_2012_awards

FILM REVIEWS

DVDTALK.com: VANISHING WAVES REVIEW

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There’s a lot about the human brain and its processes that are relatively unknown outside of theories, namely about the fragility of memories and the state of consciousness within those trapped in an dormant state. Cinema’s use of this vagueness evolves with time as more concrete information emerges, but oftentimes the gap between fact and fiction is foregone for the thrill of storytelling, where the conflict it breeds becomes vastly more important than the science and ethics behind it. Vanishing Waves, a Lithuanian production from writer/director Kristina Buozyte, approaches those themes head-on by asking the question: “What might occur if a male research scientist networked with the mind of a female coma patient, enabling them to physically interact in the fabric of normal memories and mildly abstract thoughts?” What results is a resonant, provocative, versatile expression of morality and sensation, a lyrical sci-fi exploration of the desperation of loneliness and the need for sensual connection. [Read the entire article here!]

SLANTMAGAZINE.com: VANISHING WAVES REVIEW

Vanishing Waves is the perfect example of mindfuck cinema. But where most of the films that fall within that loosely defined subgenre remain content to progressively blur the boundaries between dream and reality, Vanishing Waves goes the extra mile, giving equal weight to the second half of the term with its emphasis on the carnal aspects of its particular mind/body dilemma. The bare details of the story are perhaps nothing new, comparable to a long line of sci-fi films stretching back through Inception and Paprika and at least as far back as Dreamscape: Lukas (Marius Jampolskis) volunteers for an experiment that utilizes cutting-edge technology to enter the damaged psyche of comatose patients, whereupon he develops an illicit and eventually dangerous relationship with test subject Aurora (Jurga Jutaite). With Vanishing Waves, the qualitative difference is in the execution. [Read the entire article here!]

AINTITCOOL.com: VANISHING WAVES REVIEW

Vanishing Waves is more of an experience than a film. Sure there is a narrative, characters, arcs, and big developments, but as a visual spectacle, the film is a fantastic achievement. From CG insects to decadent tables full of odd food stuffs to a house that looks like it was frozen in time, mid-explosion to an orgy of undulating human flesh, the dream-like imagery in Vanishing Waves is something that will inspire and haunt all at once. [Read the entire article here!]

POPMATTERS.com: ‘Vanishing Waves’ Is an Erotic and Surreal Sci-Fi Head Trip

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A familiar criticism of Christopher Nolan is that his films are sterile and sexless, an adolescent male’s view of a macho world where the only women are either wholly masculinized or objects of abstract, neutered desire, like fairytale princesses. Never was this more apparent than in 2010’s Inception, which presumed to give audiences an immersive depiction of unconscious dream states, but left anyone over the age of 13 who had ever actually visited the land of Nod wondering, “What happened to the sex?”

In 2012’s Vanishing Waves, her second feature, Lithuanian writer-director Kristina Buozyte revisits some of the same dream-voyaging concepts as Inception did. But unlike Nolan, no one can accuse her of leaving out the dirty stuff. The dreamworld she presents in Vanishing Waves is a surreal and explicit psychosexual smorgasbord that would make Freud blush, and which feels much closer than Nolan’s film to capturing the actual experience of dreaming—albeit those sorts of creepy, uncomfortable dreams where, mid-liason, your fantasy partner suddenly develops Abe Lincoln’s face or starts talking with the voice of your mother. Buozyte clearly takes her inspiration from the bygone era of sci fi head-trips like Altered States and Solaris, but rather than simply copy them she has repurposed many of their best elements to create a truly unique, visionary and imaginative journey to the center the mind. [Read the entire article here!]

DVDVerdict.com: VANISHING WAVES

Few plot devices seem to authorize as much visual invention as the idea of going inside a person’s mind. Whether it’s a character exploring their own headspace (Altered States) or one character entering another’s mind (The Cell), illustrating mental landscapes and the sometimes-surreal connections the mind can make between elements. Of course, the main problem with such films is that they spend too much time constructing elaborate visual worlds and forget that they’re telling a story. Vanishing Waves, from Lithuanian director Kristina Buozyte, sidesteps this problem providing contrast between the “real” world and a shared interior landscape. Though it won’t be the most emotionally satisfying journey for some, Vanishing Waves has enough visual flair and hypnotic power for fans of sci-fi-inflected, visually focused cinema to appreciate. [Read the entire article here!]

AUSTINCHRONICLE.com: DVD WATCH: VANISHING WAVES

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Vanishing Waves begins with voices in blackness, and ends with silence in light. In between those two extremes, it seduces, terrifies and captivates with a tale of unconditional passion and an unbreakable divide between lovers. [Read the entire article here!]

ROCKSHOPPOP.com: VANISHING WAVES DVD REVIEW

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Directed by Kristina Bouzyte who co-wrote with Bruno Samper, the 2012 Lithuanian film Vanishing Waves tells the unusual story of a man named Lukas (Marius Jampolskis) who gets involved with a team of neuroscientists. They successfully ‘connect’ his mind with that of a comatose woman named Aurora (Jurga Jutaite) so that they can use him to explore her mind in hopes that it will shed some light on what’s happening in her brain. All of this is done over a series of sensory deprivation experiments involving various monitors and different forms of (sometimes very heavy) medication. As the experiments continue, Lukas and Aurora do form a bond of sorts, one that very quickly turns from mutual curiosity into unbridled lust. [Read the entire article here!]

THEDISSOLVE.com: VANISHING WAVES DVD REVIEW

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The dreaming mind is an unruly place, populated by memories and governed by desires, neither of which are fully under the dreamer’s control. In Vanishing Waves, from Lithuanian writer-director Kristina Buozyte, Marius Jampolskis plays Lukas, a scientist who offers up that dreaming mind for a radical experiment. He allows his colleagues to wire his brain into a neural network connected to the comatose Aurora (Jurga Jutaite), whom Lukas has never met, and isn’t allowed to see. Lukas is supposed to report on what he sees in Aurora’s head, which his colleagues will then compare with what they already know about her, to test whether the technology actually works. But when Lukas “meets” Aurora inside their shared consciousness, the two of them embark on a sexual affair that gets more surreal and perverse with each session. Lukas doesn’t say anything about this psychic sex-tourism during his debriefings, because it’s embarrassing—and because he’s concerned that he’s committed such a huge violation of ethics that he’ll never be allowed to see her again. [Read the entire article here!]

SCREENSLAM.com: VANISHING WAVES DVD REVIEW

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Sci-Fi junkies, art-house fans, and international film lovers rejoice! The latest release from Artsploitation Films continues their mission to deliver edgy international movies to North American audiences. Vanishing Waves, a Lithuanian film from director and co-writer Kristina Bouzyte, transcends the science fiction genre through mesmerizing cinematography and through a thought-provoking storyline. [Read the entire article here!]

MONDO-DIGITAL.com: VANISHING WAVES REVIEW

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The art of the mind-bending sci-fi film is alive and well with Vanishing Waves, a striking achievement from Lithuanian filmmaker Kristina Buozyte and a surprise award winner at numerous festivals including Fantastic Fest and Sitges. Scientific researcher Lukas (Jampolskis) agrees to participate in an experiment by submerging himself into an unconscious state where, via a new technological breakthrough, he can link with the mind of Aurora (Jutaite), a young woman left in a coma after a drowning accident. The connection works, but he finds himself becoming erotically and romantically entangled with her in their shared mental state, with hallucinatory set pieces piling up as he tries to keep the deep nature of their link hidden from the scientists observing him. [Read the entire article here!]

TWITCHFILM.COM: VANISHING WAVES IS THE EROTIC SCI-FI DRAMA OF THE YEAR!

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Vanishing Waves is an exquisite sci-fi head trip in the vein of Solaris and 2001: A Space Odyssey, one which takes pleasure in ideas and exploration rather than cheap thrills. As a bonus, it’s also sexier than either of those movies.

Rather than taking viewers to the outer limits, Lithuanian writer/director Kristina Buožytė is concerned solely with the depths of the human mind, and all the confusion, joy, sex and pain competing for space within.

The plot involves a neuron-informatics scientist named Lukas who is chosen to take part in an experiment that involves actually transferring neuron information from a comatose girl to him. In layman’s terms, Lukas is more or less entering the mind of a girl in a coma. [Read the entire article here!]

QUIETEARTH.US: REVIEW OF VANISHING WAVES

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A stylish Lithuanian sci-fi thriller from the young female director Kristina Buozyte, Vanishing Waves brings an agreeable dash of Baltic fatalism and romantic melodrama to a traditionally male-dominated genre. This visually impressive inner-space odyssey has just had its world premiere at Karlovy Vary film festival, earning a special jury mention in the section dedicated to Eastern European cinema. [Read the entire article here!]

ABOUT THE DIRECTOR

Born in Lithuania in 1982, Ms. Kristina Buožytė graduated with a Master degree in Film and TV Directing from Lithuanian Music and Theater Academy (2008). Kristina is a young director who acquired her cinematic practice in doing short movies, music videos and by participating in different workshops and seminars. Kristina was noticed for her short movie Change The Record in 2005. Her first feature The Collectress (graduation work for master degree) won The Best Movie Award in Lithuanian Silver Crane Awards (2008); The Best Director Award in Russian film festival “Kinoshock” (2008) and participated in more than 30 film festivals including Karlovy Vary, Pusan, San Paulo, Valencia, Manheim, Cottbus, and Cairo among others. She is now working as a freelance director in the fields of film, theatre and multimedia as well as developing her next feature film, The Glamour, an adaptation of Christopher Priest novel.