RIGA: Acclaimed documentary filmmaker and DoP Ivars Zviedris is currently in production with The Smuggler, a story set on the Latvian/Russian border.
The film follows Aigar, a man in his 30s facing a personal crisis as he struggles to earn a living. He lives in a small village, has no education and no prospects for a decent job. Smuggling immigrants across the border became a source of profit for him.
The other protagonist of the film is Aigar's girlfriend, Lolita. She is 20 years older and works as a librarian. The film follows their relationship as well as Aigar’s work as a smuggler during a year and a half.
Marta Bite is producing through the production company Documentarist. The project was selected for the Ex Oriente Film workshop in 2016 and the Baltic Sea Docs (2-10 Septembrie 2017), where it will look for coproducers and distribution agreements.
The budget is 85,900 EUR, Marta Bite told FNE. The National Film Center of Latvia and the Culture Capital Foundation of Latvia are supporting.
Shooting started in March 2016 and it is expected to wrap in November 2017. The Smuggler is set to be theatrically released in November 2018.
Ivars Zviedris has won several national film awards in Latvia and his documentary Documentarian / Dokumentalista (2012) had a wide international release.
Director: Ivars ZviedrisDoP: Ivars Zviedris