In this film a young man and his curmudgeonly grandfather are going 1,800 km to northern Russia in an old Zhiguli car, hoping to find the grave of their great-grandfather, who was deported. The grandfather Andris is sceptic over the lofty quest, initiated by his grand-son, as it’s not known what awaits them at their destination. Andris thinks they won’t find anything and will come back to Latvia without ever learning what happened to his father. However ever-optimistic Kārlis ...
A rookie policeman is left alone in a private clinic to guard a comatose suspect of World War II crimes. His shift is long over, yet nobody comes to replace him. However, the youngster is determined not to leave his post until he gets permission from his authorities to do so. Lack of sleep, loneliness, hunger and the persistence to serve his duty turn the young man into a ticking time bomb at the very wrong time. He must decide how far he can go guarding this suspect who is hated to death ...
The story of a small Minotaur who tries to find playmates in the endless labyrinth while his Dad is at work. He only manages to meet mythological characters, busy with their own ambitions.
Mikhail Tal. From a Far
Mikhail Tal. From a Far is a documentary exploring the unpredictable and tragic life of the genius world chess champion Mikhail Tal, Riga's native son. Mikhail Tal becomes the youngest world chess champion at 23. The same year, he was diagnosed with incurable kidney disease and given only one year to live. Through sheer will and reckless abandon he managed to live another 40 years, filling them with a string of remarkable chess successes, unexplainable failures, amorous conquests and a ...
Vyacheslavs Kashcheyevs is a man who feels the world with each single one of his atoms and breaks the stereotype about physics as a dry and impersonal field of science. In parallel to splitting electrons in the laboratory, he seeks a connection to the Almighty, and is a dreamer, an exceptional scientist, family man and educator, socially active and civically minded. What allows him, unlike most of us, to be so harmonious and seemingly omniscient? Together with quantum physicist, theological ...
Till The End Of The Scene
For 91-year-old Ruta acting is not just a career: it is her lifestyle. Once again, she starts working on a new role. This time the theme of the play provokes questions about her own life: how does one deal with ageing? And, most importantly, - is there a specific time when an actress should leave the stage?
Flames on the Soil
A young Latvian boy's life faces changes as his country is occupied by the Soviet Union and Nazi Germany.
The Master Plan
This investigative documentary explores the methods through which Russia influences the domestic policy of the Baltic States – by dividing the local community, promoting nostalgia for the Soviet Union and dismissing the recovered independence of the Baltic States.
Singing Hugo And His Incredible Adventures
When a chicken is kidnapped by two thieves, a lively adventure full of humor and with a surprising twist begin.
Master’s Secret Life
A mysterious memory game about the Master – Arnolds Burovs (1915-2006), the founder of puppet animation in Latvia – retelling his life’s story through archival footage, film imagery and newly-created animation, which transports the Master to the dreamland of Bimini.
Film follows two volunteers - Rodion and Ivan, who bring help to Ukrainian soldiers in Eastern Ukraine's front line.
The three speakers represent two of the dialects, with the most common one - the middle dialect spoken in Riga and central parts of Latvia - not featured in the film. In intimate surroundings, a farmer, a schoolteacher, and a herder of ostriches talk about perceived differences between Latvian speakers, and about language policy and their lives.
Land of Fate
While the two great powers of Europe were fighting during WWII, the strong family of the legendary Prometheus of Latgale, Andrīvs Jurdžs, was brutally shattered. Fleeing from the Communists, a few of the younger generation managed to escape to the West. The older generation remained in Latvia, but Stalin’s repression deported many to Siberia as “enemies of the state”. The family is scattered over the world, and the post-war genera-tion have never met. While in ...
Helen suspects that her beloved son has a girlfriend what he is trying to hide. She is terrified of the possibility that her son could leave her for his girlfriend. Dainis invites her to a party in the hope that they both will be able to become friends, but due to missunderstanding a disaster strikes.
Teacher’s Hard Day
A comedy about a teacher's destiny, shot in the aesthetic of the beginning of the 20th century.
Young people involved in extreme sports and the current state of street culture are no longer considered to be hooligans. The modern society sees them as athletes striving for success. By disobeing some standards of modern day society, they enrich their personalities, not degrage themselves as some may think. With a true belief in what they do and respect towards the world surrounding them, these youngsters have reached their goals and refined their lives right here in the streets we walk ...
Days in Major, Nights in Minor
Melānija and Toms are young and in love. Their love is challenged, as it turns out their dreams and ambitions are not the same.
The Fathers Over There
Andris Caune, Ojārs Grensbergs, Imants Grāvītis and Jānis Zemtautis spent many years in the Gulag camps. They survived. In 1954, a riot broke out in Jezkazan, Kazakhstan. The men’s camp and women’s camp joined together and held on for 40 days. Then came the tanks that killed more than 1,000 of them. Austra Vērpe met her future husband there. They were lucky to stay alive. The dream of the musician Zigfrīds Muktupāvels was to find the grave of his paternal uncle in far-off Kazakhstan. ...
Hunting Day is a Korean cinema influenced student/indie short film made in Latvia. When after a poaching run a hunter is found dead in the forest, the hunter’s daughter and mentally ill son set out to find the truth behind his death and take revenge.
After falling out with his girlfriend, Pauls, an employee of an advertising firm, starts spying on Sandra, a woman who lives across the street. As Pauls’ obsession with Sandra deepens, he becomes a witness to her murder.
Let’s Make It Pretty
Two Rigans - Valentīna and Armands - make makeshift yard exhibitions by their homes out of objects they’ve found. They share the same hobby despite not knowing each other. As they’re decorating their little gardens of wonder for the upcoming Midsummer festival, it turns out that they too can find understanding and a sense of not being alone in their dreams.
The Room without Water or the Gray Fractals
Inspired by Alber Camus’s novel “The Plague”, this absurd drama tells a story of a single apartment. Its interior and inhabitants are constantly changing, their time and space relations are uncertain, but they all experience the fatality of the close presence of death.
A story about a young mechanic who tries to collect debt during a friend's funeral.
Marta is ready to do anything to seduce her mysterious drumming teacher Ivars. However, Marta’s provocations don’t seem to work on him. After many misunderstandings an unexpected friendship is born.