120 min. HD, DCP, color
Pinchas Nol is the last Jew born in Šeduva. 70 years later, Pinchas came from Israel to Šeduva – a small town in Lithuania – to discover his family history. Who is his father? His mother’s husband murdered by the locals, or the Lithuanian man who saved his mother? History is fragmented and hardly legible, just as the Jewish gravestones he finds in the village of his birth. The journey begins with a unique personal history, but later it evolves into a search for identity and exploration of modern and interwar Šeduva. What happened here? Why did locals brutally murder 700 Jews? What does a person’s life story mean in the context of history? The most interesting scripts are those written by reality. Although it’s been 75 years, people have not forgotten Pinchas’ story; they remember it and still talk about it. We would be able to reconstruct his story from signs and people’s words even if Pinchas himself wasn’t around. It is proof that people who remember us, save us from oblivion. And so personal memory becomes collective. It can be frightening that there are lives with experiences so different from ours, but here he is, Pinchas, sitting in front of me on our way to Šeduva, and then following the lines on the gravestones with his finger, walking with a light step in search for his stories. Later, when his soul is tired from all the emotions, our journey turns to Rosentalian landscapes, red wine, and talks about Italy, architecture, and cinema.
Two different time periods will merge in the film’s structure. A petrified time that is engraved in the graves of the old cemetery, the lucky ones who died in their due time and were accompanied to the place of their eternal rest by the laments and prayers of their loved ones. There is also the present time, the time of the current residents of Šeduva. Sometimes, quite literally, living in the former homes of their murdered Jewish neighbors, or just going about their business, keeping this town alive – going to a hairdresser, burying their loved ones, baptizing newborns, and so on…