Acid Forest

dir. Rugilė Barzdžiukaitė / Lithuania / 2018 / 63 min. / Polish premiere

Section: Special Screenings


Director: Rugilė Barzdžiukaitė

Cinematography: Rugilė Barzdžiukaitė

Editing: Rugilė Barzdžiukaitė

Sound: Dovydas Korba, Jonas Maksvytis 

Producers: Dovydas Korba

Production: Neon Realism / A Laukas

World sales: Neon Realism, Pascale Ramonda

Language: Lithuanian, English, German, French, Finnish, Russian, Mandarin Chinese, Estonian, Japanese, Spanish


Special screening of the film and the following Q&A with the director will take place on March 26, at 6 p.m. in Muzeum na Pańskiej (ul. Pańska 3). Free entry


Tourists from different countries come to see the dead forest, inhabited by the black birds. The forest recalls a nuclear fallout for some of the visitors, while others relate it to Hitchcock’s “The Birds”. We see the tourists from the cormorants’ perspective, where they look like a curious species exploring the strange landscape. Gradually, a peculiar story is revealed: there used to be an ancient pine forest, but then several cormorants landed there. Now there are thousands of the birds and they kill the pine trees by… shitting. The human observations and responses to this environment are as multi-layered and bizarre as the history of the forest itself.  Rugilė Barzdžiukaitė is one of the three artists who represented Lithuania at the Venice Biennale of Arts last year and won a Golden Lion for the best national pavilion. 




Locarno Film Festival (First Feature Swatch Art Peace Hotel Award), Hot Docs Toronto, Trento Film Festival, Ji.hlava International Documentary Film Festival, RIDM - Montreal International Documentary Festival, Tibilisi Film Festival, Riga International Film Festival, Thessaloniki Documentary Festival, Revelation Perth International Film Festival, Carl International Film Festival, DokuFest Kosovo, Three Rivers Film Festival, Northern Lights Nordic-Baltic Film Festival, Nonfiction Film Festival, goEast Filmfestival, Docpoint Tallin, Bergen International Film Festival, This Human World International Human Rights Film Festival



Rugilė Barzdžiukaitė (b. 1983 in Lithuania) works as a filmmaker, theatre director and visual artist. In her creative practice Rugilė explores the gap between objective and imagined realities and challenges an anthropocentric way of thinking in a playful way. Her recent full-length documentary film-essay “Acid Forest” was awarded at the Locarno International Film Festival last year and is traveling in film festivals around the world. Rugilė is one of the three artists who represented Lithuania at the Venice Biennale of Arts last year and won a Golden Lion for the best national pavilion.