Shooting Star: Žygimante Elena Jakštaité

Representing Lithuania is the talented actress Žygimanté Elena Jakštaité. An established theatre actress, she has recently starred in The Saint, which was nominated in eleven categories for the Lithuanian Film Awards, winning in six, and has won jury awards at various prestigious film festivals around the globe.



JURY'S VERDICT.


”In her first leading role, Seidi Haarla gives an intuitive, honest and understated performance that is imbued with a compelling sense of gravity. Her quiet intensity and forthright openness draw us in, slowly but surely, as her character awakens. She exudes self- confidence without ever sacrificing subtlety, bringing a deep intensity to her portrayal of the character.”


ABOUT Žygimanté Elena Jakštaité.


Žygimanté Elena Jakštaité, born in Kaunas, Lithuania, has captured the attention of the industry and public as an exciting, emerging acting talent on the stage and screen in Lithuania.


She studied acting at the Lithuanian Academy of Music and Theatre, and is a skilled musician on the violin as well as a trained singer (mezzo-soprano). On stage, Žygimanté's theatre credits are noteable, exceeding more than 20 roles, including Durys (Jo Strogmen, Norway) at the National Theatre of Lithuania and Vestuvės (Oskaras Koršunovas, Lithuania) at the Vilnius City Theatre.


After firmly establishing her credentials in the theater world, Žygimanté leaped enthusiastically into a parallel career in film in 2017, which was launched with supporting roles in both short and feature films.


She recently won her first leading role in the upcoming Lithuanian – Czech feature co- production, Runner by Andrius Blaževičius. Blaževičius’ previous film, The Saint, was nominated in eleven categories for the Lithuanian Film Awards, winning in six, and has won jury awards at various prestigious film festivals around the globe.


Runner will be released in 2021.

OUR INTERVIEW.


We spoke with Žygimanté Elena Jakštaité, she told us about playing 'Marija' in The Runner and how responsible she felt leading in this film as it was an autobiography to the screenwriters Marija Kavtaradze and Tekle Kavtaradze.


You can follow Žygimanté on her social media @zygimantelena.jakstaite

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