RIGA: Director Maris Martinsons continues work on Romeo and Juliet / Romeo un Džuljeta, his interpretation of Shakespeare's play. Here, the love story is set in contemporary Latvian society and the family feud is played in the context of social problems between the two main ethnic groups in Latvia - Latvians and Russians.
Even though the target audience of the film is youth, as most of the actors are between 15 and 20 years old, Martinsons has promised that the film will not be over-romanticised and the narrative will be kept as close to the original text as possible. Pre-production began in 2013 with a 120,000 EUR budget, and the film is now in post-production, with the national premiere scheduled later this year. The film is produced by Kruk Films and supported by the Riga Tourism Development Bureau Foundation.
Martinsons has also worked in Lithuania, made several coproductions and filmed two of his films in Los Angeles.
Supported by: Riga Tourism Development Bureau Foundation, The Committee on Integration Affairs and the Society Integration Department of the Welfare Board, Jurmala City Council
Director: Māris MartinsonsScriptwriter: Nils SakssCinematographers: Alise Zariņa, Jānis EglītisEditor: Māris MartinsonsProducer: Linda Krūkle