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An intimate portrait of a budding relationship, and the painful yet enriching moments that arise when two people get to know each other and try to figure things out.

The dancer Elena is choreographing for a group of teenagers with impaired hearing. That’s when she meets sign language interpreter Dovydas. Slow is a sensitive and poetic story about their slowly developing acquaintance. We follow them as they slowly get to know each other, conveyed through body language as well as dialogue – and most sincere acting.

The film raises questions about sexuality, love and human connection. Director Kavtaradze offers openness and warmth in exploring these themes, sheds new light on stereotypes, and also conveys something universal about relationships: meeting someone you like, and the great distance between what might seen as "normal" and the lovely mess that reality more often constitutes. 

Slow will leave you both giggling and with some heartache, and with perhaps a new sense of human bonds.


Marija Kavtaradze (b. 1991) is a Lithuanian film director and screenwriter. Her first feature film was Summer Survivors (2018) and won three national film awards. Slow premiered at the Sundance Film Festival (2023), and won the Best Director Award.


2018 Summer Suvivors
2015 Iglu (short)
2014 I'm Twenty Something (short)

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