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PELICAN IN THE DESERT/ CHRONICLES OF LAST TEMPLE

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PELICAN IN THE DESERT
(Pelikāns tuksnesī)
Latvia, 2013
Runtime: 68 min.
Director: Viesturs Kairišs

Lielais Kristaps – 2014 nomination: best full-length documentary film, best full-length documentary film director, best cinematography, best documentary film editing, best sound.

Latgale is a land on the very eastern edge of the European Union. Sometimes it seems like a land in the middle of a body of water. At other times, it seems a desert with the ark of rescued humanity all covered by sand. The film presents a land that is made by people, spiritual and physical extremes of living and thoroughly Christian resurrection.

Language: Russian
Subtitles: Latvian and English

CHRONICLES OF LAST TEMPLE
(Pēdējā tempļa hronikas)
Latvia, 2012
Runtime: 58 min.
Director: Dāvis Sīmanis

Lielais Kristaps – 2014 nomination: best documentary film under 60’, best documentary film cinematography, best music, best sound.

This documentary deals with faith, human ageing, a struggle to fulfil your vision and above all - one particular building. In its poetical minimalism the film observes the construction of the new Latvian National Library, which has become a metaphor for a temple, a boiling-point for an entire nation. From an empty construction pit to the accomplished edifice, this visual symphony of cinematic images captures the whole process of creation. Besides two human characters, the chief architect and a jib crane operator are chosen to reveal the eternal conflict between the greatness of a conception and the inevitable sacrifice to realize it.

Language: Latvian and Russian
Subtitles: Latvian and English






















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