RIGA: The Latvian National Film Festival, which runs from 7 – 12 November 2019 in Riga, will showcase 25 films in competition and out of competition screenings. Out of 95 submissions, the selection committee has nominated films and film professionals representing 25 of the submitted films, which will compete for the national film award in 23 different categories, including best fiction film, best documentary, animated film, fiction film director and others. The prizes will be awarded by an international jury.
The largest number of 15 nominations went to the historical drama 1906. Another two fiction films have nine nominations each: Jelgava ‘94 and Nekas mūs neapturēs.
The festival’s award ceremony will be held on 12 November, with a live broadcast on Latvian Television. .
The festival is organised by the Latvian Filmmakers Union in collaboration with the National Film Centre of Latvia and the Ministry of Culture of the Republic of Latvia.
The following films will compete in the best film categories:
Best fiction film:
1906 (Latvia)Directed by Gatis ŠmitsProduced by Studio Tanka
Blakus (Latvia)Directed by Alise ZariņaProduced by MF Production
Jelgava ’94 (Latvia)Directed by Jānis ĀbeleProduced by Jura Podnieka Studija
Nekas mūs neapturēs (Latvia)Directed by Andris GaujaProduced by Riverbed
Oļegs (Latvia, Belgium, Lithuania, France)Produced by Tasse FilmCoproduced by lota Productions (Belgium), In Script (Lithuania), Arizona Production (France)
Inga Can Hear / Inga dzird (Latvia)Produced by Ruckas mākslas fondsCoproduced by Exitfilm (Estonia)
Spoon / Karote (Latvia, Lithuania, Norway)Directed by Laila PakalninaProduced by Hargla Company (Latvia)Coproduced by Just a moment (Lithuania), Mechanix Film (Norway)
Sestā diena (Latvia)Directed by Brigita EglīteProduced by Mistrus Media
My Father the Spy / Spiegs, kurš mans tēvs (Latvia, Germany, Czech Republic, Estonia)Directed by Gints Grūbe, Jaak KilmiProduced by Mistrus MediaCoproduced by Kick Film (Germany), 8 Heads Productions (Czech Republic), PIMIK (Igaunija)
Putin’s Witnesses / Putina liecinieki (Latvia, Switzerland, Czech Republic)Directed by Vitaly ManskyProduced by Studio VertovCoproduced by Golden Egg Production (Switzerland), Hypermarket Film (Czech Republic)
Best animated film:
Jacob, Mimmi, and the Talking Dogs / Jēkabs, Mimmi un runājošie suņi (Latvia, Poland, Estonia)Directed by Edmunds JansonsProduced by Atom Art (Latvia)Coproduced by Letko (Poland)
Away / Projām (Latvia)Directed by Gints ZilbalodisProduced by Bilibaba
Saule brauca debesīs (Latvia)Directed by Roze StiebraProduced by Filmu studija Lokomotīve