26-07-2012

Historical Drama Dream Team 1935 in Postproduction

By Sanita Grina

RIGA: Dream Team 1935 (www.platformafilm.com), a sports-themed historical film from Latvian director-producer team Aigars Grauba and Andrejs Ekis, is in the final stage of postproduction, with the national premiere of the long-awaited film is due in November 2012 - a year later than originally scheduled.

Director Grauba and producer Ekis previously made the national block-busters Dangerous Summer (Baiga vasara, 2000) and The Defenders of Riga (Rigas sargi, 2007) both dealing with significant events in Latvian history. This time their attention has turned from war battles to sports battles. Dream Team 1935 follows a young, ambitious coach who gathers a team to participate in the first European Championship of fairly unknown game at that time - basketball. In their journey to become the first ever European champions, the Latvian team faces difficulties, as well as unexpected help, and learns that triumph and defeat are both a part of the game.

"The film is not just about a great sports game - basketball - but also about the idea of creating a European brotherhood and about the strength of character," said the producers. "The game made them a team. Their spirit made them champions."

Dream Team 1935 is produced by Platforma Film with a 2,500,000 EUR budget, and with a 340,000 EUR grant from the National Film Centre, and numerous national sponsors. The film was shot over a 90-day period in 2011 and 2012 with an extensive cast of young Latvian actors. The cinematographer is Latvian grand-master Gvido Skulte who also worked on Defenders of Riga. The screenplay was written by Grauba, Ekis and Franciska Cimare. Postproduction is done by the US company Color Space Finishing (colorspacefinishing.com).

The producers have secured a worldwide distribution agreement with US company Perry Street Advisors (www.perrystreetadvisors.com), with the exception of the Baltic States and Russia.

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Production Information:

Director: Aigars Grauba

Producer: Andrejs Ekis

Screenplay: Franciska Cimmare, Aigars Grauba, Andrejs Ekis

Cinematographer: Gvido Skulte

Sound: Pavel Rejholec

Editor: Liga Pipare

Cast: Janis Amanis, Inga Alsina, Andris Bulis, Viktors Ellers, Janis Vimba, Martins Liepa, Arturs Putnins, Martins Pocs, Mikelis Zideluns, Arturs Kruzops, Gints Andzans, Vilis Daudzins, Marcis Manjakovs

Production Company: Platforma Film

Website (under construction): www.dreamteam1935.com