Arūnas Matelis was born in 1961 in Kaunas , Lithuania. He first studied mathematics at Vilnius University, then in 1989 he graduated from Lithuanian Music Academy , Theatre and TV faculty
In 1991 Arūnas Matelis established one of the first independent film production company in Lithuania called “Nominum”.
Arūnas Matelis directed 10 documentaries and produced about 20 films, directed by well-know Lithuanian film directors like A.Stonys, R.Lileikis, H.Šablevičius, V.Landsbergis and others. Films directed by Arūnas Matelis were awarded and presented in many film festivals around the world, like Cannes, Rotterdam , Oberhausen , Torino , Sao Paulo and others.
His latest film “Before Flying Back to the Earth” has been nominated by European Film Academy for The best European Documentary of 2005 and received 10 international awards.
Since 1994 Matelis is a delegated member of Lithuanian Radio and TV Commission. Chairman of Documentary guild of Lithuanian Filmmakers union. He was also a chairman of Lithuanian film experts’ board for several years.
Pelesos milžinai/ Giants of Pelesa (10´, USSR, 1989)
Baltijos kelias/ Baltic way - together with A.Stonys (10´, USSR, 1989)
Dešimt minučių prieš Ikaro skrydį/ Ten Minutes Before the Flight of Icarus (10´, Lithuania, 1991)
Autoportretas/ Self-portrait (10´, Lithuania, 1993)
Iš dar nebaigtų Jeruzalės pasakų/ From Unfinished Tales of Jerusalem (26´, Lithuania, 1996)
Pirmasis atsisveikinimas su Rojum/ First farewell to Paradise (15´, Lithuania, 1998)
Priverstinės emigracijos dienoraštis/ The Diary of Forced Emigration (20´, Lithuania, 1999)
Skrydis per Lietuvą arba 510 sekundžių tylos/ Flight over Lithuania or 510 seconds of silence - together with A. Stonys (10´, Lithuania, 2000)
SEKMADIENIS. Evangelija pagal liftininką Albertą/ SUNDAY. The Gospel According to Liftman Albertas (19´, Lithuania, 2003)
Prieš parskrendant I Žemę/ Before Flying Back to the Earth (52´, Lithuania, 2005)
Skrydis per Lietuvą arba 510 sekundžių tylos (Orig.) / 2000 / Litauen / 8 min
"Flight over Lithuania" is a legendary film by A. Stonys and A. Matelis, which won honors as No. 4 of the Top 10 at the international exhibition EXPO 2000 in Hanover, Germany as one of the best films, demonstrated at the exhibition.
Iš dar nebaigtų Jeruzalės pasakų (Orig.) / 1996 / Litauen / 26 min
The film based on a strange old pagan tradition, still preserved in only one village in Semogitia (a part of Lithuania). The tradition goes back to the archaic space of the magic’s of folk theater.
Dešimt minučių prieš Ikaro skrydį (Orig.) / 1991 / Litauen / 10 min
The film is about Uzupis, a part of Vilnius old town. The film depicts the atmosphere of decaying part of the town and reveals the anticipation of something about to happen. May be, a new flight of Icarus.
SEKMADIENIS. Evangelija Pagal Liftininką Albertą (Orig.) / 2003 / Litauen / 19 min
Although it consists of only 20 shots, Sunday. The Gospel According to Lift-Man Albertas is a rich allegory that one can read in several different ways. Religious references and allusions to Samuel Beckett's Waiting for Godot urge themselves upon us, and Matelis's view of reality is just as sad as it is humorous.