Donatas Ulvydas • Lithuania • 2017 • 118 min
Lithuanian with English subtitles
Set in the early 1970s in Soviet-occupied Lithuania, Emilia is the story of an aspiring young actress by the same name who pursues her career in a theatre while torn between loyalty to the communist system and dreams of freedom. Drawing strength from a mystery buried deep in the memories of her childhood, Emilia walks a fine line between passion, intrigue and betrayal, only to become a symbol of national defiance. An engrossing tale of the personal and the political, Emilia is a powerful Cold War drama featuring an impressive performance by Ieva Andrejevaite in the title role.
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