Director Marat Sargsyan

Production year 2012

Length 60min.

Country Lithuania


Vidas Zenonas Antonovas is known as one of the most interesting criminals of the Soviet Union. He stole around one million rubles from state institutions and in an effort to escape to Africa, together with his accomplices, hijacked a plane with passengers. He has been nicknamed “The Father of Mafia”. Twenty years of his life have been spent in 15 different prisons. He is already 71-years old and has an abundant family: 10 children, 2 grandchildren, and a newborn son.
Father is a documentary about the values of an ex-con, about a man challenging time and destiny, about the drives of an insatiable lust for life. It is a love story of one family. There are neither romantic moments nor miraculous changes but the strong potential to change our understanding about what a happy family is or could be.


Best film | Visions du Reel IFF, Switzerland, 2013


Marat Sargsyan
Marat Sargsyan



Dagnė Vildžiūnaitė, Jonas Špokas


Marat Sargsyan

Director of Photography

Linas Dabriška


Kostas Radlinskas


Jan De Coster

Production company(ies)

Just a moment

Marat Sargsyan

Born 1978, Vanadzor, Armenia. At the age of 13, Sargsyan started to work in local television as editor and director of photography. In 1994 he moved with his family to Lithuania, where he continued his work on different TV projects. He has made more than ten award-winning music videos. From 2005-2011, Sargsyan entered the Lithuanian Academy of Music and Theatre where he received a master’s degree in TV and Film Directing.


Lernavan (2009), Father (2012).

FILMS 2013