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Lithuanian Film Festival in Chicago



The Bug Trainer

  • "The Bug Trainer"

Ladislas Starewitch used real carcasses of beetles, ants, grasshoppers and frogs to create his early stop motion animations, depicting powerful human emotions, and sometimes political intrigue, that fooled some viewers into thinking they were watching live trained animals.

The Lithuanian Film Festival in Chicago opens Thursday 1/21 with The Bug Trainer, a documentary portrait of Starewitch, who worked in Lithuania, Russia and France from 1912 until his death in 1965.

The Bug Trainer screens with Noroutine, a surreal short composed of still images, Thursday 1/21 at 6:30 PM at the Chicago Cultural Center's Claudia Cassidy Theater, 78 E. Washington, and Friday 1/22 at 6:30 PM at Lithuanian World Center, 14911 E. 127th St. in Lemont.

The festival continues with Spanish for Adults, an immigration drama that dissects the "European Dream," Saturday 1/23 at 5 PM at Balzekas Museum of Lithuanian Culture, 6500 S. Pulaski.

The short films White on Blue, The Boy and the Sea, and Balcony screen Sunday 1/24 at Noon at Lithuanian Youth Center, 5620 S. Claremont.

And the festival concludes Tuesday 1/26 with three short documentaries about Vilnius, What's Next, In Dialogue, and Eternal Girl, 6:30 PM at the Cultural Center.