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2018-11-13

 

To celebrate the 100th Anniversary of the Independence of Baltic Countries, the 19th Tbilisi International Film Festival offers a special programme "Baltic-100". The section will screen latest Lithuanian, Latvian and Estonian films. The programme is supported by the Embassies and film centers of three countries.

The programme unites several interesting Lithuanian, Latvian and Estonian works of different periods, detailed information about which will be provided a bit later on our website but now we offer a little review of some of the films from the programme "Baltic-100".


"In the Crosswind" ("Risttuules", Estonia 2014)

In 1941, an Estonian woman and her young daughter struggle to find their way home after being deported to Siberia by the Soviet occupiers, in this dreamlike saga of survival inspired by a true story. Film has won prizes at the Angers, Beijing, Goteborg, Talinn, Thessaloniki and Warsaw International Film Festivals.

Film director Martti Helde was born on August 23, 1987 in Tallinn, Estonia. He is a director and writer, known for In the Crosswind (2014) and Superbia (2014).

"November" (Estonia, Netherlands, Poland 2017)

Dive into the cold, snowy landscape of 19th-century Estonia, where werewolves and spirits roam free, and Jesus co-exists with kratts, the farmers' mythological helpers made of tools and bones. Farmer girl Liina's doomed romance with local boy Hans is at the center of director Rainer Sarnet's pagan, black and white world, where the character's search for meaning in their surroundings and ponder the existence of the soul.

Rainer Sarnet is a film and stage director, film critic, and creator of photo comics for newspapers. He has made several shorts and in 2007 debuted in features with Where Souls Go. The Idiot came four years later, inspired by the Dostoyevsky novel. November is his third feature film, based on the novel by Andrus Kivirähk Rehepapp. Film has won many prizes at the international film festivals.

"Bridges of Time" ("Laika tilti", Latvia, Lithuania, Estonia 2018)

Documentary

Kristine Briede and Audrius Stonys's meditative documentary essay portrays the less-remembered generation of cinema poets of the Baltic New Wave. With finesse, they push beyond the barriers of the common historiographic investigation in order to achieve a consummate poetic treatment of the ontology of documentary creation.

Audrius Stonys was born on April 28, 1966 in Vilnius, Lithuanian SSR, USSR. He is a director and writer, known for Woman and the Glacier (2016), The Bell (2007) and Cenotaph (2013).

Kristine Briede was born 17th of June 1970 in Cesis, Latvia. From 1995 works with Locomotive filmmaker's collective as producer, writer, director. From 2000 has been living and working in Karosta, Liepaja - as one of the initiators and founders of "The Culture and information center K@2".

"The Chronicles of Melanie" ("Melanijas hronika", Latvia, Czech Republic, Finland 2016)

The 14th of June 1941, Soviet-occupied Latvia: Without warning, the authorities break into the house of Melanie and her husband Aleksandrs and force them to leave everything behind. Together with more than 15 000 Latvians, Melanie and her son get deported to Siberia. In her fight against cold, famine and cruelty, she only gains new strength through the letters she writes to Aleksandrs, full of hope for a free Latvia and a better tomorrow.

Viestur Kairish (born January 30, 1971) is a Latvian opera, movie and theatre director. He has made a successful career in Latvia and Germany as an acclaimed director of operas. The movies and plays of Kairish have toured in many European festivals.

"Summer Survivors" ("Išgyventi vasarą", Lithuania 2018)

Summer Survivors is a road film, where a psychologist Indre is ordered to take two young patients - Paulius and Juste - to a psychiatric hospital in a seaside town. Indre is a psychology post graduate who has difficulties communicating people herself, Paulius suffers from bipolar disorder and his mood is shifting, Juste is being treated after a suicide attempt, but she refuses to admit she needs help. Travelling together makes them closer to each other, but will this help them to survive?

Marija Kavtaradze was born in Vilnius, Lithuania. She studied film directing at the Lithuanian Academy of Music and Theatre. She has directed the short films Youngblood (2013), Normal People Don't Explode Themselves (2013), and Igloo (2015). Summer Survivors is her debut feature.

 

"The Summer of Sangaile" ("Sangailes vasara", Lithuania, France, Netherlands 2015)

17 year-old Sangaile is fascinated by stunt planes. Afraid of heights, she has never dared to even enter in one of the cockpits. At a summer aeronautical show, nearby her parents' lakeside villa, she meets Auste, a local girl of her age, who unlike Sangaile, lives her life to the full with creativity and dare. As the two girls become lovers, Sangaile allows Auste to discover her most intimate secret, and finds in her teenage love the only person to truly encourage her in flying.

Alante Kavaite was born in 1973 in Vilnius, Lithuanian SSR, USSR as Alante Kavaliauskaite. She is a writer and director, known for The Summer of Sangaile (2015), Fissures (2006) and Jazz (1992). „The summer of Sangaile" has won prizes at the Vilnius, Sundance, Stockholm, Lithuanian and Athens international film festivals.

"Dawn" ("Ausma", Latvia, Estonia, Poland 2015)

The film is based on the story of Pavel Morozov, a young pioneer of the Soviet regime who was assassinated after giving his parents over to the authorities. On the basis of this tale, which was probably invented, Morozov became a martyr for the Soviet regime and an example of loyalty. In Pakalnina's film, Morozov becomes Janis, a little boy who sees his father as an enemy of the agricultural cooperative, Dawn. When Janis denounces his father, the father wants his revenge...

Director, scriptwriter and producer, Laila Pakalnina is one of the best-known Latvian filmmakers on the international scene. She has directed 5 feature-films, 26 documentaries and 5 shorts and has won numerous awards at international film festivals. The Latvian film director has twice been nominated for a European Film Academy Award - for the documentary Dreamland (2004), and for the short Fire (2008).

 

 

 

 

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