Special Jury Mention, Karlovy Vary Film Festival
A bold, visionary work of science fiction cinema that that is equally occupied by the erotic as well as the fantastic, Vanishing Waves recalls the genre in its cerebral 1960s and 70s golden age, just as it simultaneously forges new territory with its unique fusion of emotional melodrama and hallucinatory widescreen spectacle. A major young talent, director Kristina Buožyte has created one of the most accomplished and distinctive European films in recent memory.
Lukas (Marius Jampolskis) is assisting a scientific research team by functioning as a patient in a series of heavily monitored (and medicated) sensory deprivation experiments wherein he is attempting to make some form of contact with Aurora (Jurga Jutaite), a young woman locked in a comatose state. The experiment takes an unexpected twist when Lukas and Aurora develop a strong psychic link… and their link quickly evolves into a romantic, sexually charged relationship.
Exploring the tantalizing possibilities of forming a true, all-encompassing bond with one’s lover, Vanishing Waves is hypnotic, erotic, wholly engrossing, and wildly thought-provoking cinema that transcends any perceived limitations of the science fiction genre, becoming one of the year’s most provocative films in the process.
Seattle International Film Festival