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SHORT RIGA: TEST SCREENINGS II

The 12 TEST SCREENINGS films are split into two screenings held over two days – one day dedicated to animation films, one to live action shorts. The panel of experts will have familiarized themselves with the projects in advance, and will give their final feedback and evaluations during the events. Before each film, the filmmakers will explain at what stage their film currently is, and what the main issues and questions that they wish to clarify are. The experts will comment and take questions after each pitch. Further communication on the projects takes place at the one to one meetings.

For additional information, please contact programme representative Lauma Kaudzīte (lauma@rigaiff.lv).

Films

Crossing

Director: Pauls Ķesteris
Genre: Documentary
Country: Latvia
Estimated run time: 27 min
Producer: Gints Grūbe, MISTRUS MEDIA
Premiere: 2020
Stage of production: Post-production

The Līgatne ferry helps people cross the River Gauja all year around. Local people, tourists, random visitors, vehicles. In the ferry’s twelve square meters a whole era is revealed: tourists, locals, cars, pets, ferrymen, habits, daily life, traditions, weddings, conflicts, and nature’s cycles. Life on this small platform lets us document our time against the backdrop of a timeless nature. The film follows the remote ferry for one year, juxtaposing its dynamics and natural fragility against our society in the 21st century.

Good Evening

Director: Justė Michailinaitė
Genre: Documentary
Country: Lithuania
Estimated run time: 15 min
Producer: Justė Michailinaitė, Kęstutis Drazdauskas
Premiere: 2021
Stage of production: Post-production

The film tells the story of a troupe of travelling performers in southern Europe who go by the playful name of ‘Circo Soluna’ (‘Sun-moon circus’). At the heart of the troupe are a German family who have lived on the road for more than 30 years, gathering around themselves a community of actors, nomads and others they have met while travelling. Their houses are brightly coloured horse-drawn wagons that have neither the usual household amenities of modern life, nor an internet connection. Even their ‘kitchen’ is a small pony-drawn wagon that holds their main unbreakable utensils and food, brought to them mostly by local townspeople. It would seem that a utopian freedom prevails here – but as each new day begins, obligations and responsibilities begin with it.

Unconditional

Director: Beate Šneidere
Genre: Drama, experimental
Country: UK, Latvia
Estimated run time: 14 min
Producer: Jose Freitas, Beate Šneidere, Daniel Asomani Sarpong
Premiere: 2021
Stage of production: Accomplished

An English man moves to Latvia with his wife, shortly after they have their first child, she passes away. He decides to stay in order to raise the child as close to how he and his wife intended. With this, come the struggles of single parenthood and living in a foreign country.

Voluntarily Mandatory Contemplation

Director: Emīls Alps
Genre: Documentary
Country: Latvia
Estimated run time: 13 min
Producer: National Film School of the Latvian Academy of Culture
Premiere: 2020
Stage of production: Accomplished

The film consists of excerpts from the daily life of an art student Laura coping with the emergency situation caused by the Covid-19 pandemic. While at her parents’ home, Laura spends a lot of time on video conference calls. However, this strange time is an opportunity to go through her past memories and hide from the world for a bit.

Four Stones

Director: Francesco Rosso
Genre: Animation, metaphysical
Country: Estonia
Estimated run time: 15 min
Producer: Kalev Tamm
Premiere: 2021
Stage of production: Accomplished

A monk goes through his present and past life, constantly bouncing between desire and denial. His life in the monastery and later in the city evolves around looping patterns, coincidences and unavoidable consequences. Sublime sounds and a delicate system of symbols trace the path for the monk and his fellas to cope with their miseries.

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