BA, University College London
Cinema as practice of everyday life; mass consciousness, spectatorship; movement; French cinema; Eastern European cinema; French post-revolutionary society (early 19th-century); Mal du siècle: discourses of nostalgia, melancholia, and colonialism
I grew up in the small town of Mazeikiai in the northwest of Lithuania. At the age of 16, I moved to Vilnius where I completed the International Baccalaureate program at Vilnius Lyceum. In the following six years, I attended the universities of Vilnius and Lyon 2, the ENS de Lyon and University College London, studying various subjects ranging from logic to francophonie, from natural sciences to medieval literature. During that time, I was determined to watch at least one film a day, which I did and still try to do. As a student in the joint French and Film and Media Studies program at Yale, I hope to pursue connections between early 19th-century French social and political trends and their reincarnation in European cinemas.