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Presented by Facets Cinematheque and the Lithuanian Consulate General in Chicago, this festival of historic and contemporary Lithuanian films runs Friday through Thursday, March 14 through 20, at Facets Cinematheque, 1517 W. Fullerton. Tickets are $8, $6 for Facets members. Unless otherwise noted, films are in Lithuanian with subtitles.

FRIDAY, MARCH 14

Elze's Life

Off the coast of East Prussia at the turn of the last century, two fishing boats collide in a fog, and the owner of the smaller boat is unjustly imprisoned for attempted murder. Algimantas Puipa directed this 2000 feature. 139 min. (7:30)

SATURDAY, MARCH 15

Nobody Wanted to Die

Vytautas Zalakezicius's 1963 thriller, about violent feuds among rural Lithuanian clans, has been called the Baltic equivalent of a spaghetti western. 106 min. (1:30)

The Feelings

This 1968 drama, directed by Algirdas Dausa and Almantas Grikevicius, centers on the complicated romantic lives of twin brothers in a small fishing village. 90 min. (3:15)

Wolf Teeth Necklace

Algimantas Puipa directed this 1997 drama about a painter wrestling with childhood memories of his father being exiled to Siberia. 97 min. (5:00)

The Corridor

Sarunas Bartas directed this 1994 exploration of anomie and exhaustion in post-Soviet Lithuania, set in a decrepit apartment in the city of Vilnius. Without dialogue. 85 min. (7:00)

Films by Janina Lapinskaite

Three documentaries: From the Life of Elves (1996, 25 min.) is a portrait of an old woman in a rural hamlet who takes care of three dwarfs. In Venus and a Tomcat, or From the Life of Butterflies (1997, 23 min.) three artist's models relate their life stories. The Life of Venecijus and Cezaris's Death (2002, 55 min.) explores the relationship between a middle-aged man and his pet pig. (7:00 and 9:00)

SUNDAY, MARCH 16

Elze's Life

See listing for Friday, March 14. (2:00)

Nut Bread

A 1977 meditation on youth and first love in a small provincial town, directed by Viaceslav Ganelin. 68 min. (4:30)

The Corridor

See listing for Saturday, March 15. (6:30)

MONDAY, MARCH 17

Wolf Teeth Necklace

See listing for Saturday, March 15. (7:00)

Nobody Wanted to Die

See listing for Saturday, March 15. (9:00)

TUESDAY, MARCH 18

Jonas Mekas x 3

See Critic's Choice. (7:00)

Short documentaries, program one

Five short works: Robertas Verba's The Dreams of Centenarians (1969), Arunas Matelis's Unfinished Tales of Jerusalem (1996), Audrius Stonys's Earth of the Blind (1991) and Alone (2001), and a collaboration between Matelis and Stonys, Flight Over Lithuania (2000). Matelis will attend the screening. (9:00)

WEDNESDAY, MARCH 19

The Feelings

See listing for Saturday, March 15. (7:00)

Nut Bread

See listing for Sunday, March 16. (9:00)

THURSDAY, MARCH 20

Jonas Mekas x 3

See Critic's Choice. (7:00)

Short documentaries, program one

See listing for Tuesday, March 18. (9:00)

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