Lithuanian film director Almantas Grikevicius dies
Jan 4, 2011, 15:55 GMT
Vilnius - The Lithuanian Cinematographers' Union disclosed Tuesday the death of one of the country's greatest filmmakers, Almantas Grikevicius at the age of 75.
The director was born in the city of Kaunas in 1935 and produced a series of documentary films from the 1960s onwards, including Three Strokes, Prayer for Lithuania and Weekend In Hell.
His films won numerous awards both during the Soviet occupation and after Lithuania regained its independence in 1991.
Among his most powerful films was Facts (1981), a reconstruction of a notorious Nazi massacre during World War II.
Grikevicius' funeral will be held January 6 at Antakalns cemetery in Vilnius, the traditional final resting place of Lithuania's most respected artists, the filmmakers' union said.