RIGA: Award-winning director Dāvis Sīmanis is in postproduction with the feature My Peaceful Place of Exile / Pelnu sanatorija. The story of this Latvian/Lithuanian coproduction is set in the final year of WWI.
An exhausted German military surgeon Ulrich is sent to inspect a remote convalescent home for shell-shocked patients. The strange world he encounters, where reality appears more like fiction, challenges his cold, rational mind. His fruitless efforts to remodel the place and an unexpected attachment to a mysterious savage boy lead him to discover his one true self.
„It is important to me that the story takes us back a hundred years ago and reminds us about the hazardous nature of cold rationality,” Sīmanis said in a statement.
The film stars the prominent German actor Ulrich Matthes, who was impressed by the director’s vision and the quality of the script. The cast includes Latvian actors: Leonīds Lencs, Agnese Cīrule, Dmitrijs Javlovs, Pēteris Liepiņš, Toms Liepājnieks and Marīna Janaus.
Latvia’s Locomotive Productions is producing in coproduction with Lithuania’s Uljana Kim and Co. The budget is 250,000 EUR of which 28,962 EUR/100,000 LTL came as a production grant from the Lithuanian Film Centre. National Film Centre of Latvia, State Culture Capital Foundation are also supporting.
The film was shot in November-December 2013 and the premiere is set for January 2016.
Credits:Director: Dāvis SīmanisScriptwriters: Dāvis Sīmanis, Tabita RudzāteDoP: Andrejs RudzātsCast: Ulrich Matthes,Leonīds Lencs, Agnese Cīrule, Dmitrijs Javlovs, Pēteris Liepiņš, Toms Liepājnieks and Marīna Janaus