RIGA: The documentary film Ruch and Norie won four awards at the 27th edition of Latvia’s The Great Christopher/Lielais Kristaps festival of national films.
The festival took place 15 September – 25 October in Riga. Ruch and Norie, written and directed by Ināra Kolmane and produced by Film Studio Deviņi, took home Best Documentary, Best Director, Best Screenplay and Best Cinematography awards. The Best Documentary Award was presented by Latvian Minister of Culture Dace Melbārde.
Ruch and Norie tells the story about a friendship between a young Japanese anthropology student from Kyoto and an 81 year-old lady from an ethnographic Latvian community called Suiti. Despite their cultural and social differences they become best friends.
The short film Pa Pa by young Latvian filmmaker Valery Olehno took home three Great Christopher statues for Best Short, Best Director and Best Actor (Andris Keišs), while the autobiographical documentary My Father the Banker/Mans tēvs baņķieris, directed by Ieva Ozoliņa, won in Best Debut and Best Editing categories. The documentary Lost in Latgale/Pazust Latgalē about extreme sports won an Audience Award.
The Award for lifetime achievement in Latvian filmmaking was presented to the remarkable cinematographer Miks Zvirbulis. Zvirbulis has worked on nearly 40 documentaries and feature films and is best known for his work on Take a Deep Breath/Elpojiet dziļi.
This year the festival revived a historical tradition, assigning film professionals and nominees themselves as jury members. Over the course of a month, more than 400 people visited film screenings and evaluated nominees in order to select winners.
The list of winners follows:
Best Animated FilmTower/TornisDirected by Māris PutniņšProduction: Animācijas brigade
Best Short FilmPa PaDirected by Valērijs OļehnoProducer: Katrīna Tomašicka
Best DocumentaryRuch and NorieDirected by Ināra KolmaneProduction: Film Studio Deviņi
Best Documentary ShortCuronians/KuršiDirected by Raitis Ābele, Lauris ĀbeleProduction: Tritone Studio
Best TV DocumentaryPassion of Architect. Zaiga Gaile/Arhitekta kaislība. Zaiga GaileDirected by Andrejs Verhoustinskis
Best ScreenplayInāra Kolmane for Ruch and NorieDirected by Ināra KolmaneProduction: Film Studio Deviņi
Best ActressGuna Zariņa for Normal People/Normāli cilvēkiDirected by Alise ZariņaProduction: Cardinal productions
Best ActorAndris Keišs for Pa PaDirected by Valērijs OļehnoProducer: Katrīna Tomašicka
Best Cinematography (Short feature)Valdis Celmiņš for Mirror-man/SpoguļvīrsDirected by Agnese LaizāneProduction: VFS films
Best Cinematography (Documentary)Andrejs Verhoustinskis for Ruch and NorieDirected by Ināra KolmaneProduction: Film Studio Deviņi
Best Director (Short Film)Valērijs Oļehno for Pa PaProducer: Katrīna Tomašicka
Best Director (Documentary)Ināra Kolmane for Ruch and NorieProduction: Film Studio Deviņi
Best Director (Animated Film)Edmunds Jansons for Isle of Seals/Roņu salaProduction: Atom Art
Best AnimatorAnu-Laura Tuttelberg, Valdis Brože for Time goes/Laiks ietDirected by Ivo BriedisProduction: Atom Art
Best Original ScorePēteris Vasks for Birds of God/Dieva putniņiDirected by Dzintra GekaProduction: Fund Sibīrijas bērni
Best EditingLinda Olte for My Father the Banker/Mans tēvs baņķierisDirected by Ieva OzoliņaProduction: Mistrus Media
Best Sound EditingAndris Barons for Alias Loner/Segvārds Vientulis