Ingeborga Dapkunaite

Born 20 January 1963 in Vilnius, Lithuania.

Actress - filmography

  1. Nochnoj prodavets (2005) (filming)
  2. 25 degrés en hiver (2004) .... Sonia
    ... aka (2004) (Russia)
    ... aka 25 Degrees in Winter (2004) (International: English title)
  3. Prime Suspect 6 (2003) (TV) .... Jasmina
    ... aka ExxonMobil Masterpiece Theatre: Prime Suspect 6 (2004) (TV) (USA)
    ... aka Prime Suspect the Last Witness (2003) (TV) (UK)
  4. Kiss of Life (2003) .... Helen
  5. Shik (2003) .... Asya
    ... aka Costume, Le (2003) (France)
    ... aka Shik - il vestito (2003) (Italy)
    ... aka Suit, The (2003) (International: English title)
  6. Lost Prince, The (2003) (TV) .... Tsarina Alexandra
  7. Odinochestvo krovi (2002) .... Maria
    ... aka Solitude of Blood (2002) (International: English title)
  8. Vojna (2002) .... Margaret
    ... aka War (2002) (International: English title)
  9. Shadow of the Vampire (2000) (uncredited) .... Micheline
  10. Moskva (1999) .... Masha
    ... aka Moscow (1999) (International: English title)
  11. Sex 'n' Death (1999) (TV) .... Shona
  12. Sunburn (1999/I) .... Carolyn Kramer
  13. Seven Years in Tibet (1997) .... Ingrid Harrer
  14. Letters from the East (1996) .... Marie/Mother 1944
  15. Mission: Impossible (1996) .... Hannah Williams
    ... aka Mission Impossible (1996)
  16. On Dangerous Ground (1996) (TV) .... Asta
    ... aka Jack Higgins' On Dangerous Ground (1996) (TV)
  17. Avtobus (1994)
    ... aka Bus, The (1994)
  18. Katya Ismailova (1994) .... Katia
    ... aka Podmoskovnye vechera (1994)
  19. Utomlyonnye solntsem (1994) .... Marusia
    ... aka (1994) (Russia)
    ... aka Burnt by the Sun (1994)
    ... aka Soleil trompeur (1994) (France)
  20. "Alaska Kid" (1993) TV Series
    ... aka " " (1993) (Russia)
  21. Fatal Deception: Mrs. Lee Harvey Oswald (1993) (TV) .... Lubya
    ... aka Marina's Story (1993) (TV)
  22. Tsiniki (1991)
    ... aka Cynics (1991)
  23. "Nikolai Vavilov" (1990) TV Series
    ... aka " " (1990) (Soviet Union: Russian title)
  24. Fa-Minor (1989)
    ... aka F Minor (1989)
  25. Interdevochka (1989) .... Kisulya
    ... aka (1989) (Soviet Union: Russian title)
    ... aka Intergirl (1989)
  26. Osen, Chertanovo... (1988)
    ... aka Autumn, Chertanovo (1988)
  27. Trinadtsatyj apostol (1988)
    ... aka Thirteenth Apostle, The (1988)
  28. Pereprava (1987)
  29. Stecheniye obstoyatel'stv (1987)
  30. Voskresnyj den' v adu (1987)
  31. Zagadochnyj naslednik (1987)
    ... aka Mysterious Heir, The (1987)
  32. Nochnyye shyopoty (1986)
    ... aka Night Whispers (1986)
  33. Mano mazyte zmona (1984)

Notable TV Guest Appearances

  1. "CI5: The New Professionals" (1998) playing "Elkie" in episode: "High Speed" (episode # 1.11) 5 December 1999
  2. "Big Bad World" (1999) playing "Natalia" (episode # 1.1) 20 June 1999
  3. "Good Guys, The" (1992) playing "Sanda" in episode: "Moldavian Rhapsody" (episode # 2.1) 8 January 1993

DVD Times
Kiss of Life | 12-07-2004 00:00

Helen (Ingeborga Dapkunaite) lives in London with her father (David Warner), her daughter Kate (Millie Findlay) and son Telly (James E. Martin) and the stress of juggling everyones demands on her time is getting to her. Her husband John (Peter Mullan) is an aid worker in a war-torn part of Eastern Europe who decides to return home. As he does so, becoming out of contact for the while, Helen is hit by a car and killed. As the family struggles to come to terms with their loss, as John journeys home through dangerous terrain, Helen herself is caught midway between life and death.

The theme of someone who has died but not yet moved on is not a new one, though its become a current one possibly post 9/11 consolation? In particular, theres Alice Sebolds fine novel The Lovely Bones, which at the time of writing (July 2004) has just sold its millionth British paperback and a film version is in development. Emily Youngs influences are further afield like that. Although English, shes a graduate of the celebrated Film School in £ódŸ, Poland, whose alumni include Andrzej Wajda, Roman Polanski, Jerzy Skolimowski, Krzysztof Zanussi and Krzysztof Kieœlowski. The last-named certainly seems to loom over this film, particularly his later films such as The Double Life of Véronique and Three Colours: Blue. Its worth mentioning that Kieœlowski, who started out as a documentary filmmaker, refined his style over an eighteen-year feature-making career. Young, at least on this showing, isnt at that level.

Kiss of Life went under the working title Helen of Peckham and was to star Katrin Cartlidge, but she tragically died suddenly just before production was to begin. (The film is dedicated to her memory.) Ingeborga Dapkunaite is a Lithuanian actress, though based in London. Shes given fine performances in Russian films such as Burnt by the Sun and the title role of Katia Ismailova, but in English she seems awkward as a London housewife. This also necessitates David Warner being given an accent to convince as her father. On the other hand, Peter Mullan gives his usual sturdy performance but for most of the scene hes solo with nothing to act against. The film is also annoyingly vague on certain details, such as which war zone John is working in. (The film was shot in Croatia and Bosnia.) Its commendable for Young to want to understate things, for example not to wring out scenes of grief, but it makes the film flat and undernourished. Kiss of Life is not a long feature, coming in under ninety minutes, but you cant help feeling it would have been much more effective as a short.
Katia Ismailova
(Podmoskovnye Vechera) 1993

In creating this distinctly Russian tragedy, director Valery Todorovsky drew on Nikolai Leskovs 1864 drama, Lady Macbeth of Mtsensk. Described as film noir in a Chekhov setting, Katia Ismailova is reputedly the first Russian film of that genre.

Katia (Ingeborga Dapkunaite) types manuscripts for Irina, a successful romance writer, who also happens to be her mother-in-law. Working at Irinas dacha, Katia becomes infatuated with a local carpenter, the intense and sexy Serguei (Vladimir Mashkov), described by one critic as a brutish Lawrencian-style artisan. Overcome with lust, she and Serguei embark on a torrid affair. But Irina is also in lust with Serguei and sees one of their encounters. Unfortunately, she has a weak heart Then strange and deadly things start happening at the dacha which attract the attention of a police inspector who is extremely familiar with Irinas writing

Awards and nominations:

Katia Ismailova won three 1994 NIka Awards for Best Actress (Ingeborga Dapkunaite), Best Cinematographer, and Best Supporting Actor. It was also nominated for three Nika Awards, including Best Actor (Vladimir Mashkov).

From director Valery Todorovsky:

Fifteen years ago the language of cinema was that of illusions. Today one deals with everything, openly. I hope I have made a film of extreme and absolute passions, treating them with force and simplicity.


Ingeborga Dapkunaite has also appeared in major US films including Seven Years in Tibet and Mission: Impossible, as well as the Oscar-winning Russian film Burnt by the Sun.


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