DOK Leipzig 28 October – 3 November 2019
62nd International Leipzig Festival for Documentary and Animated Film
DOK Leipzig Film Festival

Exemplary Behaviour


Exemplary Behaviour




CATALOGUE TEXT
Audrius Mickevičius puts the horribly disfigured face of his murdered brother at the start of his film. He’s interested in the question of how someone atones for such an act. With regard to this particular crime one could say: far too short, because the murderer is released after only five years on the grounds that he proved himself to be an exemplary prisoner. Mickevičius doesn’t confine himself to this individual case, though, but raises his film to a more general level: “Exemplary Behaviour” is almost a meditation about the question whether a final act like murder can be atoned for in a temporal order – and whether the passing of time allows the victim’s family to forgive.

Mickevičius uses the example of two lifers (one of them gets married and wants to have children, the other pours his whole passion into an idea of craftsmanship) and a philosopher with prison experience (Bernhard Stiegler) to make that strange state of suspended life comprehensible. The elegiac undertone is finally reinforced by the information that Audrius Mickevičius fell ill and died during the production of “Exemplary Behaviour”. The film was completed by Nerijus Milerius.

Bert Rebhandl



Awarded with a Golden Dove in the International Competition Long Film, with the Prize of the Interreligious Jury and with the FIPRESCI Prize.


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Credits
Original Title: Pavyzdingas elgesys Country: Lithuania, Slovenia, Bulgaria, Italy Year: 2019 Language: French, Lithuanian Subtitle: English Runtime: 85 min. Format: DCP Color: Colour and B&W Director: Audrius Mickevičius, Nerijus Milerius Producer: Rasa Miškinytė, Martichka Bozhilova, Igor Pediček, Edoardo Fracchia Cinematographer: Audrius Kemezys, Valdas Jarutis, Julius Žalnierukynas, Audrius Mickevičius Editor: Ema Konstantinova, Armas Rudaitis Animation: Rimas Sakalauskas Music: Marjan Šijanec Sound: Saulius Urbanavičius Script: Audrius Mickevičius, Georgi Tenev
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