The Noisemaker

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    The Noisemaker


    Directed by

    Lithuania, Sweden


    15 min

    • Lithuanian

    Comedy drama, Short

    A distant provincial school is waiting for an official delegation from the Ministry. They're about to bring a new school bell. This is not what the school needs though. Having shrunk throughout the years, it lacks two pupils to satisfy the governmental quota established for any school in the country to exist. The gift from the capital is a threat for the survival of the school. Anticipating the arrival of the delegation, the principal makes his best to mask the lack of pupils and avoid the unavoidable school closure.


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    Valentinas Masalskis
    Šarūnas Puidokas
    Karolis Kaupinis
    Narvydas Naujalis
    Ieva Veiverytė

    Director's Statement

    The idea of progress claims the future is necessarily better. Obsessed by this idea, we deny any proof of a contrary. Therefore it's even harder to perceive a possibility when the future is not worse, but none. This is exactly the future of a kidless school in a shrinking province. It makes me wonder what is more comfortable - avoiding the unavoidable or barbarians never coming.

    Karolis Kaupinis

    Karolis Kaupinis


    Born in Vilnius, 1987, Karolis Kaupinis graduated from Vilnius University with MA in Comparative Politics. His first short film THE NOISEMAKER (2014) was selected at the Locarno Film Festival and was screened at more than 50 international film festivals and winning two Lithuanian Film Academy awards - Best Short Film & Actor. Kaupinis' debut feature film NOVA LITHUANIA premiered at Karlovy Vary Film Festival 2019 and continued a successful festival life afterwards.

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