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CASTRATUS THE BOAR
(Kastrāts kuilis)
Latvia, 2014
Runtime: 23 min.
Director: Lauris Ābele, Raitis Ābele
Cast: Kaspars Kārkliņš, Anete Saulīte-Romanovska

Lielais Kristaps – 2014 nomination: best short film.

"Castratus the Boar"  is an impressionistic story about a small town resident Valter and his secret that prevents him from integrating the local community. He spends his days breeding pigs and singing in the church choir, but that doesn’t make him less lonely. When he finally tries to establish closer contact with a fellow girl Aija, his representations of masculinity take a weird turn.

Language: Latvian
Subtitles: English

Age restriction 16+

BEHIND THE TALENT. BORN IN RIGA
(Talanta formula. Dzimuši Rīgā)
Latvia, 2014
Runtime: 45 min.
Director: Adriāna Roze

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

World famous Latvian musicians are invited to be part of an extraordinary gala concert in the heart of Riga, that will be broadcast live across Europe. Behind the scenes documentary follows ups and downs of the production and relationships between TV multi-camera director Peter Maniura and concert director Davis Simanis. In order to find the perfect concert formula, they are trying to understand the mystery of genius loci and birth of a talent. The film also futures Riga born artists: conductor Mariss Jansons, dancer and choreographer Mikhail Baryshnikov, cellist Mischa Maisky and others.

Language: Latvian and English
Subtitles: English

LARGER THAN LIFE
(Vairāk nekā dzīve)
Latvia, 2014
Runtime: 50 min.
Director: Gints Grūbe

Lielais Kristaps – 2014 nomination: best documentary film director, best music.

The documentary " Larger than Life"  portrays the directing method of the famous Latvian director Alvis Hermanis, who refused to use the classical drama texts, but instead looked for theintersection points between theatre, documentary films and real life stories, as well as any possibility to transform a life story into a play.

When directing his plays, Alvis Hermanis often sends his actors on expeditions to the countryside, to different countries and cities to meet different people and to create a collective play from those stories — a play which is a representation of the reality these people shared with the actors and which comes alive as a performance.

This film is documentary evidence of Hermanis' way of working, documenting his involvement with the production of plays in Riga and in Germany and creating a parallel story between the characters of his plays and their real life prototypes.

Language: Latvian and English
Subtitles: English






















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