Jonas Trukanas

Writer / Director

Lithuania

Jonas is a genre filmmaker from Vilnius, Lithuania. Jonas studied directing in University of the Creative Arts in Farnham, United Kingdom. After the studies he came back to Lithuania and started directing short films and commercials. Jonas was always interested in genre films – especially horror. His latest three short films – “Ghost, I don’t remember” (2015); “Trolleybus-Man” (2016) and “When the Lights Go Out” – have traveled through many festivals across the globe and won awards. Jonas has also directed a part of feature documentary in 2014 called “Radviliad”. JonasĀ also had some acting experience, most notably – he played on the main parts in Oscar winners Gabriele’s Salvatores “Deadly Code” in 2013. He also tries to learn and go to as many workshops as possible – he has been in Berlinale Talents twice (2013 and 2017).

Project

Devils’ Den

Devil’s Den is a coming of age horror film. Idea was developed in Less is More pre-writing workshop. Film tells a story of Benas – a teenager who is too smart and ironic for his own good. His father takes him to a reformation summer camp – the camp where children with behavioral issues reform and become better. Benas get bullied in the camp, finds it hard to connect with peers in this very regime heavy camp. His misfortunes eventually leads him to meet the Mother, a charismatic woman, who is actually the leader of the camp – the Mother offers Benas to take the revenge on his bullies by giving him a power to bind the camp to his will. But that is only the start. Devil’s Den is an exploration of teenage angst and fear as well as the exploration of teenage sexuality, against a backdrop of an authoritarian summer camp.