Why does this appear?

Silent musical film | 52 MIN.





Seven people share memories from their lives. These stories come alive in shapes of silhouettes of people and objects, in the form of nine silent scenes – embodying those events and narrating them without words. The only means of expression are the cinematographic language and the sounds of music. Before delving into these scenes, we see the characters, the authors of those memories, in the documentary interludes, portraying the triggers of those memories in peoples’ daily lives. In the epilogue we come back to the only words we hear during the film – the question, raised in the beginning – “Why does this appear?”. The parallel between the surrealistic world of silhouettes and documentary interludes showing the emotion caused by the reenactment of the memory, suggests the causal relation between emotion and memory. 

How does our memory work? Why do memories appear, and what is their real purpose? These themes are scrutinized by composer Dominykas Digimas and director Kristijonas Dirsė in a new musical film: “Why Does This Appear?” The basis of the script is the nine most vivid memories of seven characters of the film. However, this work’s narrative is built without words: only employing cinematic language and music that create nine silent scenes. Following the chain of memories, personal stories in the film are told and retold: every time mildly changing the emphasis of each memory. With the disappearing line between real and imaginary past experiences, the subjective nature of memory reveals itself. “Why Does This Appear?” is a film where the surreal world of silhouettes intertwines with a documentary: a kind of illusion whose actors are the performers of Vilnius contemporary music ensemble.