The Curonian Spit, situated on the Baltic Sea on the border between Lithuania and Russia, is one of the world’s most macabre tourist destinations, owing to its masses of downed pine trees. Beyond the apocalyptic look of the forest, flocks of cormorants (large black birds somewhat vulture-like in appearance) also roost in this scenic place, overseeing the damage. Barzdžiukaitė’s ingeniously perceptive film provides a literal and figurative overview of the forest, and through her focus on often-hilarious tourist reactions to the ecological situation, Acid Forest unearths myriad ideas about environmental catastrophe and the mass media’s effect on our perception of the world. “Beguiling, beautiful and informative.” —Kaleem Aftab, Cineuropa.
Filmography: First feature
Sponsored by Laurynas R. Misevicius Agency and Randolph Miller, Diplomatic Consul to the Republic of Lithuania