The 9th Step

Lithuania, 2022


Inscript, 93mins


Cottbus Film Festival, Lecce European Film Festival (Audience Award, First Prize and Cineuropa Award), Tallinn Black Nights Film Festival, Cottbus FF, Max Ophuls Preis, Braunschweig FF


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Linas is slowly recovering from a long addiction. Eve, his teenage daughter who just moved in with him, hides her teenage angst with a growing passion for music. Her best friend Maya is looking for her first big love story. When the relationship between these three lost souls turns too intimate, traditional roles get mixed up and each of them has to face the very issues they have buried for too long.

Cast & Crew

Producer - Lukas Trimonis

Screenwriter - Egle Vertelyte

Featuring - Valentin Novopolskij, Gerda Ciuraite, Angelina Daukaite, Marius Repsys, Lina Rastokaite

Cinematographer - Jacek Podgorski

Music - Domas Strupinskas

Line Producer - Ieva Biliunaite

Art Director - Ramunas Rastauskas

Irma Pužauskaitė

Irma Pužauskaitė


After working in film finance for Media and the Lithuanian Ministry of Culture, she decided to dive into the creative side of film and was fortunate enough to receive numerous scholarships to attend LMU Film School (US) for her Master degree.

She is an Alumnus of the Incubator Lab at Film Independent (Los Angeles, US) and EKRAN+ at Wajda School (Poland).

In 2016 Irma established the educational group called Directors Lab. Directors Lab hosted workshops with teachers such as Barry Primus, Steven Ditmyer, Nancy Bishop and etc. Together with professional actors they started Vilnius Actors Studio. Irma also directs commercials and music video. The 9th Step is her first feature film.