Nikita loves to listen techno music and dreams to go to Berlin and visit the famous club “Berghain”. His mother Irena doesn’t know about her son’s dreams and soon enough their mutual expectations will clash.

Director's Statement

TECHNO, MAMA is a film about teenager Nikita, who tries to pursue his “techno” dream, but the real “techno” in his life is his abusive mother. The main topic of the film is domestic violence against children. It's still a huge problem in Lithuania and, as a director, I want to talk about it because it has such a big impact on young souls.
So, I want to ask the viewer in the film: "why is it so hard to love each other?". This film is an essay about two Lithuanian generations that didn’t find a way to love each other. It is a story about kids who didn’t have a childhood because their dreams were lost in post-soviet urban yards.

Director's Biography

Saulius Baradinskas (*1990) is a film and music video director from Vilnius, Lithuania. In 2013, Saulius graduated in Architecture in Vilnius Arts Academy. In the 2018 annual music video awards, Saulius won the "best director” and "best music video” awards.
In 2019, Saulius premiered with his debut short film GOLDEN MINUTES. This short film was filmed in one take and the main role was created by famous Scottish actor Billy Boyd, who starred in LORD OF THE RINGS. The short film won various awards and traveled to more than 40 film festivals around the world. In 2020, Saulius was selected as one of the Berlinale Talents at the 70th Berlin International Film Festival.
His second short film TECHNO, MAMA premiered at the 78th Venice Film Festival in 2021.

2021 - TECHNO, MAMA (Saulius Baradinskas), Short
2019 - GOLDEN MINUTES (Saulius Baradinskas), Short

Cast & Crew

Directed by: Saulius Baradinskas

Written by: Saulius Baradinskas

Produced by: Viktorija Seniut

Cinematography: Vytautas Katkus

Editing: Karolis Labutis

Production Design: Daumantas Levickas

Original Score: Rob Meyer

Sound: Andrius Krišciunas

Cast: Motiejus Aškelovicius, Neringa Varnelyte, Kasparas Varanavicius, Urte Strolaite, Algirdas Galkus

Nominations and Awards

  • European Short Film 2022
  • Short Film Candidates 2022