Tag Archives: Latvian

Anna Ansone – Klusa Daba AKA Still Life (2020)

Elina returns to the summer house of her childhood to show it to buyers. The visceral presence of her dead grandmother forces her to reflect on the legacy of failing familial relations – and how she and her mother are approaching a similar fate. Read More »

Ilze Burkovska Jacobsen – My Favorite War (2020)

A personal, animated documentary about the director’s life growing up in Latvia during the Soviet era 1970-1990, where Sovjet used WW2 as an ideological weapon to suppress and scare the population. Read More »

Arvids Krievs – Fotografija ar sievieti un mezakuili (1987)

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A young photographer Dimda is shot in the open courtyard surrounded by high-rise buildings who lived there in a communal apartment. Murder investigation at the same time is also becoming a psychological research. Read More »

Renars Vimba – Es esmu seit AKA Mellow Mud (2016)

A resourceful teenage girl fights – literally, on occasion – to cling to her modest dreams for the future when the realities of life in rural Latvia threaten to rent apart what’s left of her family. Not that there is much of Raya’s (Elīna Vaska) immediate clan still around. Following the death of their father, she and her younger brother Robis (Andžejs Jānis Lilientāls) live in a state of low-level warfare with their acidic paternal grandmother, in a cottage surrounded by churned mud. Raya has invested her hopes in her mother, who emigrated to the UK and has lost contact with her children. Read More »

Aigars Grauba – Rigas sargi AKA Defenders of Riga (2007)

The film dramatizes November 11, 1919- a crucial date in the battle for Latvian independence. A year after the end of the official hostilities of WWI, a renegade German general and troops remain outside the Latvian capital. Latvian riflemen, most of them inexperienced volunteers, somehow managed to defeat a larger, better-armed force of German and Russian mercenaries. Read More »