Project information

Talent Jonas Trukanas
Role of participant Directing
Director Jonas Trukanas
Producer Paulius Juoceris, Justinas Piliponis, Tadas Bojarskas
Screenwriter Simonas Jatkonis
Status finished

Production details

Running time 36 min
Genre Historical / Period
Year of production 2011
Country of Production Lithuania
Production Company
A.Adamkienes fondas

still / picture for Booksmuggler
still / picture for Booksmuggler


Year 1869 – Lithuania is a part of Imperial Russia. Both Lithuanian written language and Lithuanian press are banished. But these oppressions are engaged by secret Lithuanian schools – where young people are thaught Lithuanian language and book smugglers start walking around villages and smuggling books to simple folk. Even if large part of society is still indifferent to Lithuanian national identity – book smuggler ranks are constantly growing.

Colorful life of nineteenth century Lithuanian country side, humor, adventures, dangers and hard choices… That’s only a little part of what scapegrace named Jurgis experiences when he meets book smuggler Mažvydas.

Participation in international festivals / awards

International Vilnius Film Festival Kino Pavasaris 2011

Audience choice Award - in International Film Festival Kino Pavasaris 2011

Nominated for "Best Soundtrack" at Lithuanian Film and TV awards "Silver Crane 2011"