RIGA: The National Film Centre of Latvia has made its database of national films available to schoolchildren and the general public during the COVID-19 crisis.
RIGA: The Latvian documentary filmmaker Ivars Zviedris has started documenting the evolving situation and people affected by the virus, in response to the restrictions introduced in Latvia due to COVID-19.
RIGA: The shooting on the mystical WWII thriller Warhunt directed by Mauro Borrelli, produced by Igor Pronin for Latvia’s Forma Pro Films and starring Mickey Rourke halted in Latvia due to the Coronavirus situation. The team has to remain in Latvia for the time being as the borders are closed.
RIGA: The deadline for minority coproduction grants applications has been extended from 27 March to 26 April 2010, with the results to be announced by 26 May 2020. The decision was taken by the National Film Centre of Latvia due to the Coronavirus situation.
RIGA: Russian spy series Pawns (Metrafilms), which was presented at the Berlinale’s CoPro Series, will be coproduced by Latvia’s Tasse Film. The series conceived by Michael and Lily Idov is set in the mid-1960s and focuses on a professional chess player Max, who is involved in spying activities. The director is to be announced.
RIGA: Latvian coming-of-age war drama Blizzard of Souls / Dvēseļu putenis directed by Dzintars Dreibergs for Kultfilma and supported by the National Film Centre of Latvia, has been picked up by the Swedish sales agent Eyewell. The international version of the film will have its premiere at Berlinale’s European Film Market (EFM, 20-27 February 2020).
RIGA: The Latvian film Blizzard of Souls directed by Dzintars Dreibergs broke box-office records existing since the early 1990s, showing the continuing demand for local films, that was significantly boosted by the Latvian centenary film programme, which peaked in 2018.
RIGA: The historical drama City on the River / Pilsēta pie upes, the fourth feature film directed by Viesturs Kairišs, has dominated the Latvian box office for two consecutive weekends since its release in mid-January 2020. The Latvian/Czech/Lithuanian coproduction has reached 28,872 admissions on 20 screens across Latvia.
RIGA: Dzintars Dreibergs's debut feature Blizzard of Souls has reached 207,892 admissions in Latvia in five weeks since its opening, a record number since the country regained independence in early 1990s. This coming-of-age historical drama surpassed Hollywood blockbusters Avatar and Titanic.
RIGA: Dāvis Sīmanis’s sophomore feature The Mover / Tēvs nakts will have two screenings in the USA for the American Motion Picture Arts and Sciences members in December 2019. The film is Latvia’s candidate for the 92nd Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences award in the best international feature film category.
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