Film Archive

International Programme 2016
Blueberry Spirits Astra Zoldnere

The Latvian forest – it’s the time of the blueberry harvest. In other places the fruit with the perfect five point star are sacred because they serve as children’s food in times of draught.

Blueberry Spirits

Documentary Film
Latvia
2016
12 minutes
subtitles: 
English

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Kaspars Braķis
Astra Zoldnere
Jan Schöwer
Kaspars Braķis
Astrīda Konstante
Ron Rosenberg
Anrijs Krenbergs
The Latvian forest – it’s the time of the blueberry harvest. In other places the fruit with the perfect five point star are sacred because they serve as children’s food in times of draught. For the extended family around Bruno, too, the blueberry harvest is existential. Price negotiations in Latvian and Romani are going on in the improvised camp. Among Roma, however, they tell tales of spirits in the forest that hardly anyone escapes. Family spirits are a fixed part of the history of the country.

Nadja Rademacher

Choir Tour

Animated Film
Latvia
2012
5 minutes
subtitles: 
English

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Sabine Andersone
Edmunds Jansons
Girts Biss
Edmunds Jansons
Edmunds Jansons
Edmunds Jansons
Girts Biss
Even in a world-famous boys’ choir, boys are still curious and adventurous. When their supervisor gets stuck in an elevator, they discover the city on their own and have a lot of fun.

Hello, Horse!

Documentary Film
Latvia
2017
24 minutes
subtitles: 
_without dialogue / subtitles

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Laila Pakalniņa
Laila Pakalniņa
Ivars Burtnieks
Ivars Burtnieks
Anrijs Krenbergs
Images composed of statics and movement. Something is standing firmly in the landscape (a pylon, a traffic sign, a house et cetera), something else moves, races, clatters, marches through this landscape. There is twittering and squeaking and quacking and cuckooing and slurping on the soundtrack. Colours, moods and seasons change and return. Dust is raised and settles. A delicately orchestrated mechanism of passing and returning.

Esther Buss
International Programme 2014
Isle of Seals Edmunds Jansons

In the middle of a grey sea there is a grey island with grey hunters. Life is simple and harsh. Seals and hunters live together in a cruel balance. One day, a photographer arrives to document this life.

Isle of Seals

Animated Film
Latvia
2014
6 minutes
subtitles: 
_without dialogue / subtitles

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Sabīne Andersone
Edmunds Jansons
Jēkabs Nīmanis
Edmunds Jansons
Edmunds Jansons, Mārtiņš Dūmiņš
Edmunds Jansons
Ģirts Bišs
In the middle of a grey sea there is a grey island with grey hunters. Life is simple and harsh. Seals and hunters live together in a cruel balance. One day, a photographer arrives to document this life. For him it turns out to be fatally complicated.

My Unknown Soldier

Documentary Film
Czech Republic,
Latvia,
Slovakia
2018
79 minutes
subtitles: 
English

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Michal Kráčmer, Sergei Serpuhov
Anna Kryvenko
Andris Dzenitis, Yair Elazar Glotman, David Střeleček
Radka Šišuláková
Daria Chernyak
Anna Kryvenko
Viktor Krivosudský
The Prague Spring, Soviet tanks, the invasion of Warsaw Pact troops, the epoch-making year of 1968: the starting points of a family history between Czechia, Ukraine and Russia. “The occupation translates to a man with a dachshund being entitled to yell at a young girl in a tram because he can’t tell Ukrainian and Russian apart.”

A series of family album photos from which a man was removed sets Anna Kryvenko, a Ukrainian who studies film in Prague, on the trail of her great-uncle: the “unknown soldier”, to whom so many monuments are dedicated that one almost forgets that this sweeping gesture of remembrance refers to concrete faces, names, dates of birth and death, biographies cut short. After some initial hesitation the filmmaker’s family break their silence and gradually the pieces combine to form a new picture in which family and world history intersect.

Fabian Tietke


Nominated for the MDR Film Prize