I Remember

"I Remember" invites for a meditative audiovisual reflection on three memories. They come alive in the shapes of silhouettes in silent fictional scenes, based on real memories from Lora's life. The narrative is built without words: only employing cinematic language and music. In the documentary interludes, we see her experiencing triggers of those memories in the real world.

  • Kristijonas Dirsė
  • Dominykas Digimas
  • Kristijonas Dirsė
  • Liucina Mackialo
  • Marta Finkelštein
  • Kristijonas Dirsė
  • Lora Kmieliauskaitė
    Key Cast
  • Una Marija Bartaitė
    Key Cast
    "Little Lora"
  • Diemantė Merkevičiūtė
    Key Cast
  • Artūras Kažimėkas
    Key Cast
  • Vakaris Motiekaitis
    Key Cast
    "Little brother"
  • Vygandas Sinkevičius
    Key Cast
    "Great grandfather"
  • Linas Žiūra
  • Project Type:
    Documentary, Experimental, Music Video, Other
  • Runtime:
    13 minutes 55 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    May 3, 2023
  • Production Budget:
    8,000 USD
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  • Shooting Format:
    Digital (RED)
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    Black & White
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Director Biography - Kristijonas Dirsė

Born in Vilnius (Lithuania) in 1992, Kristijonas is an audiovisual artist and filmmaker. In his work, he combines music and sonic art with visual expression in narrative and non-narrative films, music videos, audiovisual installations, and projections for the stage.

After his first short film “The Box Man”, he decided to turn from classical music to filmmaking. While studying Film and Music BA at Brunel University, he worked on interdisciplinary art projects and festivals with students and lecturers from the School of Arts (Jennifer Walshe, Christopher Fox, Bob Gilmore).

The psychogeography module taught by Will Self had a great influence on his work. In 2014 he moved to Paris, where he worked as a director and editor at a small production house Les Productions du Désert along with his masters in Film Directing at Université Paris 8 (personal tutor Frederic Sabouraud).

Music plays a major role in his storytelling. It is particularly present in his collaborations with a Lithuanian composer Dominykas Digimas. Psychogeographic approach to street videography, exploring the city as a character was the basis of imagery for “From Another Point of View” and “This Order Goes Wrong”. Their recent works “Sunshine Cake” and “I Remember” explore the question of the subjectivity in memories, as well as docu-fiction storytelling in a silent music film form.

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Director Statement

It started with an idea to create a musical film, where sonic and visual parts would play equal roles. With a wonderful friend and a great composer Dominykas Digimas, we came up with this crazy method to inverse the usual workflow of film production:

I wrote the script, based on three memories of Lora, and broke it down into a detailed shot list so that Dominykas can visualise what exactly will be happening on the screen at the exact time.

The first time I heard Dominykas' music coming alive, played by the amazing Contemporary Music Ensemble Synaesthesis, it brought me to the scenes of these memories from the script - before a single image was shot. Months of inspiring exchanges of ideas and references with a very talented DoP Linas Žiūra was an essential part of the process.

The subjectivity of memory, its visual ambiguity, a mix of dream and film - all these abstract complex ideas somehow crystallized into a visual language we found for this film. As the camera was rolling, music playback was guiding us, keeping the actors and the camera in sync and in tune - diving together in the fiction of Lora's memories.