Writer / Director
Born in Vilnius, 1987, Karolis Kaupinis holds an MA in Comparative Politics and works as an international news editor in Lithuanian National TV. His ﬁrst short ﬁction ﬁlm The Noisemaker was selected to Pardi di domani competion in Locarno Film Festival and has been travelling around festivals ever since, wining several awards in the Baltics. Kaupinis’ second short Watchkeeping was premiered in 2017.
1938. A new war looms on the horizon. Geographer Gruodis comes up with a novel solution to the situation: he proposes creating a “backup Lithuania” overseas, a place where the country’s inhabitants could move in case of danger… Working with carefully composed black-and-white shots, debuting director Karolis Kaupinis has forged this original idea into the gripping drama of a man trying to save his homeland while facing the collapse of his marriage.