FEDYA. THEODOR. TULIO/ ESCAPING RIGA
FEDYA. THEODOR. TULIO
Latvia, 52 min.
Runtime: 52 min.
Director: Kristīne Želve
Lielais Kristaps – 2014 nomination: best documentary film under 60’, best script, best film editor.
A small village in Latvia near the Russian border. It is accidentally discovered that a legendary Finnish melodrama director Teuvo Tulio came from this remote village. In his childhood he was known by Russian nickname Fedya. The local authorities immediately place a memorial stone near his house, but the local peasants are confused and even angry about unwanted publicity and guests. No one there had ever heard of Teuvo Tulio, nor seen his films…
Runtime: 70 min.
Director: Dāvis Sīmanis
Cast: Mihails Karasikovs, Gints Grūbe, Mārtiņš Počs, Viktors Puglejevs
Lielais Kristaps – 2014 nomination: best full-length documentary film, best production design, best costume design, best make-up artist, best documentary film director, best documentary film cinematography.
The film is a story based on historical events about two outstanding personalities of the 20th century, Sergei Eisenstein and Isaiah Berlin, both of whom were born and spent their childhood in Riga but soon left the city. Following the course of the lives of both protagonists against the background of the dramatic events of the first half of the 20th century, the film shows how one of them became the „most brilliant film director of his generation” in the totalitarian USSR and the other „the most brilliant thinker of his generation” in liberal UK.