Wooden Staircase

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Wooden Staircase
Wooden Staircase.jpg
Final Scene of the film
Directed byVidas Rasinskas
Produced byArunas Stoskus
Vidas Rasinskas
Sigitas Puckorius
Written byVidas Rasinskas
Alvydas Bausys
StarringEvaldas Jaras
Gabrielle Odinis
Virginija Kelmelyte
Dalia Melenaite
Vaclovas Bledis
Music byGustav Mahler
Faustas Latenas
CinematographyJonas Tamasevicius
Edited byVanda Surviliene
Liudmila Volkova
Release date
October 13th, 1993
Running time
93 min. version
56 min. version

Wooden Staircase (Lithuanian: Mediniai laiptai, Russian: Derevyannye stupeni) is a feature film of Lithuanian-Canadian screenwriter and film director Vidas Rasinskas.

Plot summary[edit]

Wooden Staircase is a poetic drama of Time and Fate, a metaphor, leading to introspection. Two young people, connected through Time and Fate, are looking for consensus and comprehension between themselves. There is a mystic protagonist, Thomas. He embodies the famous writer Thomas Mann’s spirit, living beyond the time. Thomas lets the young protagonist, Vilius, go back to his past and compels him to face the results of his former mistakes. A rendezvous with the past has a large influence on Vilius present.


The premiere of Wooden Staircase, (93 min. version) was at the International Film Festival Cottbus, Germany in 1993.
The film Wooden Staircase, (56 min. version) won the competition in Moscow and was selected as the best student work of the year. It was presented for the 22nd Student Academy Award in 1995.


  • Grazina Arlickaite, Lithuanian Films 1990-1998 (Lietuvių filmai 1990-1998), Lithuania, 1998
  • Astrida Baranovskaya, Stairs, K Ekranu, Russia, 1994
  • Piotr Niemiec, Die holzerne Treppe, Germany, 1993
  • Virginija Januseviciene, Staircase Lead to the World of Metaphors, Lietuvos rytas, Lithuania, 1993
  • Richard Miller, 22nd Student Academy Awards, USA, 1995

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