Latvia has submitted a film by the classic documentary director Ivars Seleckis, To Be Continued, produced by Mistrus Media to compete for the US Academy Awards nomination in the category Best Foreign Language Film. This is Latvia's 11th foreign-language Oscar submission.
Presented at Cannes works-in-progress series in 2017 and premiered at Visions du Réel IFF (March 2018), To Be Continued is a curious and tender look at the future through the lives of seven children. ”To Be Continued is about the way a human enters life. By submitting the film by Ivars Seleckis we stand up for humanism and real film art,” this is how the decision of the expert committee of the National Film Centre of Latvia was summarized by the director Viestur Kairish (his feature The Chronicles of Melanie represented Latvia in the Oscar run 2018). “The film is full of love and warmth,” Tue Steen Müller, the renowned documentary film expert, writes in his review.
Find more about the film at: http://nkc.gov.lv/en/get-to-know-a-film/to-be-continued/
Director Ivars Seleckis (1936), one of the representatives of the Baltic school of poetic documentary, is an iconic figure in the Latvian cinema. His Crossroad Street (Šķērsiela) has received the European Film Award as the Best European Documentary of the Year. He has also won the highest honours in documentary filmmaking, such as Robert Flaherty Award and Joris Ivens Award.
It is noteworthy that Latvian film professionals have also co-created the award-winning documentary Wonderful Losers. A Different World – the Lithuanian entry for the Oscar run 2019. This film was co-produced by Uldis Cekulis from VFS Films, and two Latvian camera men, Ivars Zviedris and Valdis Celmins, were part of the cinematography team.