Riga, August 12, LETA. The third "Baltic Film Days" will take place from August 22 to 23, during which the latest Lithuanian and Estonian cinemas will be screened in Splendid Palace, Elina Cire, a spokeswoman for the National Film Center (NKC), told LETA.
"Baltic Film Days" is an initiative and co-produced by three film institutions – the National Film Center, the Lithuanian Film Center and the Estonian Film Institute – to strengthen film collaboration between the three Baltic States and increase viewers' awareness of neighboring films.
This year's "Baltic Movie Days" will begin in Latvia on August 22. The movie "Time Bridges" by Kristine Briede and Audrey Stonis will be screened at 6pm tonight. This is the story of Baltic poetry documentary cinema. In the 1960s, young documentaries in Latvia, Lithuania and Estonia found a way to talk about their era under Soviet censorship by seeking answers to eternal questions. Their language was poetic, a cinema full of symbols and metaphors. The movie "Time Bridges" is a co-production by all three Baltic countries. The screening of the film will be followed by a conversation with both directors, as Uldis Cekuli, the head of Latvian film's producer, Environmental Film Studio, told Cire.
At 8:30 pm Lithuanian director Maria Kavtaradze will present the film "Summer Residents", which was made in 2018. The film tells the story of a young psychologist, Indri, who accompanies two peers, Paul and Justi, on a trip from hospital to hospital. The journey unfolds full of challenges and challenges. Cavtaradze's debut film has received several awards since its premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival.
On August 23 at 6pm, Estonian film director Janis Valka will screen the 2018 movie "Ahto. A Dream Hunter". The documentary features the legendary journey of legendary Estonian captain Ahto Walter around the world. The cinematography tells the story of the courage to fulfill your dreams, despite the dramatic changes in twentieth-century history and the personal life of the protagonist. Excerpts from Ahto's diary, unpublished images from the late 1930s, impressive archival material and memories of Ahto's son, Teddy, not only give the viewer a unique personality, but also give a fresh look to recent European and world history. The film will be followed by a conversation with director Janis Valka and film producer Erik Norkross, Cire said.
At 20pm, the film "All or Nothing" by Estonian director Lina Trishkin-Vanhatal, made in 2018, will be screened. The film tells the story of a thirty-year-old Eric who benefited from construction work in Finland, where an unexpected message reaches him – a former girlfriend expecting a baby from him. The mother is not ready to breastfeed a newborn, and Eric has to choose between taking care of the baby or sending her back for adoption. In 2018, Estonia was nominated for the Best Foreign Film Oscar for the Academy of America for his film All or Nothing. The film will be followed by a conversation with the director.
"Baltic Movie Days" is the centenary of the Latvian state celebrating the thirtieth anniversary of the "Baltic Road" campaign. Admission to all films will be free.