Lithuania, Spain, Sweden


Contemporary dancer Elena meets Dovydas when he is assigned to interpret via sign language in a class she is teaching to deaf youth. Their connection is immediate, kinetic, and frictionless. As they gravitate toward each other, resisting the forces and interventions of their separate daily lives, their bond deepens from platonic to romantic. When Dovydas discloses his asexuality, the couple commit themselves to honoring their individual needs in tandem. As they continue to weave more tightly together, they struggle to negotiate sacrifice and compromise and are forced to discover the edges of their generosity toward the other.

Director's Statement

While making SLOW, I was thinking a lot about intimacy and how it is developed between two persons. At the beginning of the process I considered this film to be on sexuality, but as I was digging into my characters more and changing together with them, I realized it is much more about a strong need to create and keep the connection. Also, I'm a big admirer of romantic films and was keen on exploring this genre in my film (and on film, haha).

Cast & Crew

Directed by: Marija Kavtaradze

Written by: Marija Kavtaradze

Main Producer: Marija Razgute, Luisa Romeo, Anna-Maria Kantarius, Mimmi Spang

Cinematography: Laurynas Bareisa

Editing: Silvija Vilkaite-Ramanauske

Production Design: Sigita Simkunaite

Costume Design: Fausta Naujale

Make-Up & Hair: Jurgita Globyte

Original Score: Irya Gmeyner, Martin Hederos, Vincent Barrière

Sound: Diego S. Staub

Visual Effects: Jennifer Jallow, Evelina Åström

Casting: Marija Kavtaradze

Cast: Greta Grineviciute (Elena), Kestutis Cicenas (Dovydas)

Nominations and Awards

  • Feature Film Selection 2023