I’ll Stand By You

I’ll Stand By Yo

Lithuania | 2021 | 73 min | Maximilien Dejoie, Virginija Vareikyté

April 14 - 24, 2022

In a small Lithuanian town facing a suicide epidemic, two women, a psychologist and a police officer, take a personal approach to healing the villagers, dramatically reducing the tragic death rate.

Directors Maximilien Dejoie and Virginia Vareikyte scheduled to attend.


“Sensitive in its approach, I'll Stand by You conveys inspiration from a reality that is much more common than it seems.” – Virginija Vareikyte, Maximilien Dejoie (Cineuropa)

Saving people’s lives turns out to be a load of work. It entails driving all over the countryside in cold, icy, horrible weather to faraway, hard-to-find places, knocking on people’s doors, and intruding in their lives. Meet Gintare, a police woman, and Valija, head of the Lithuanian Psychological Association. These two “do-gooders” get together and act as private detectives investigating the real-life drama of and reasons behind the epidemic of suicides in their country. It turns out that Lithuania had some of the highest suicide rates in Europe, but these two are going to work to lower those numbers. They show us how people can change a terrible situation into something positive, that suicide prevention can be effective. I’ll Stand By You features surprising, at times stunning, cinematography of Lithuanian rural life, making a seemingly normal scene magical. Sometimes the women get a little too cozy with the camera, but their care for lonely rural people is for real.

Maryna Ajaja

  • Original Language Title: Busiy Su Tavim
  • Director: Maximilien Dejoie, Virginija Vareikyté
  • Principal Cast: Valija Sap, Gintare Meskiene
  • Premiere Status: NA
  • Country: Lithuania, Italy, Switzerland
  • Year: 2021
  • Running Time: 73 min
  • Producer: Maximilien Dejoie, Lukas Trimonis, Mark Olexa
  • Screenplay: Virginija Vareikyté
  • Cinematographers: Maximilien Dejoie
  • Editors: Francesca Scalisi, Virginija Vareikyté
  • Music: Eugenio Mazzetto
  • Website: Official Film Website
  • Filmography: When We Talk About KGB (2016)
  • Language: Lithuanian
  • Has Subtitles: Yes
  • Format: DCP