FNE at MIFF 2019: Latvia’s Dāvis Sīmanis Scores Slot in Competition Lineup with The Mover

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The Mover by Dāvis Sīmanis The Mover by Dāvis Sīmanis photo: Mistrus Media

MOSCOW: Latvian director Dāvis Sīmanis has scored a slot in the main competition for the 41. Moscow International Film Festival with The Mover / Tevs Nakts. The film, set in Riga against the backdrop of WWII, is about a Latvian worker who shelters Jews during the German occupation.

After flirting with an April date in 2018, when the festival’s traditional June date clashed with last year’s World Cup Football event in Moscow, the festival decided April was a match and this year MIFF takes place 18-25 April with Nikita Mikhalkov as festival president and Kirill Razlogov as programme director.

The festival will open with the Rudolf Nureyev biopic The White Crow directed by Ralph Fiennes and starring young Russian dancer Oleg Ivenko as Nureyev. In addition to shooting in St Petersburg and Paris, the ambitious project was shot in the Croatian town of Rijeka, where the interiors of the Mariinsky and Palais Garnier theatres were recreated, and  it also spent five weeks shooting at Belgrade’s PFI Studios. The production was able to access tax incentives in both Croatia and Serbia.

Korean director Kim Ki-duk helms the main jury and there will also be competitions for best short film and best doc as well as many side bars screening hundreds of films.

Main Competition Programme:

The Mover / Tevs Nakts (Latvia)
Directed by Dāvis Sīmanis
Produced by Mistrus Media
Supported by the Latvian National Film Centre

My Polish Honeymoon / Lune de miel (France)
Directed by Elise Otzenberger

My Second Year in College / Sale – E Dovvome-E Danehkadeh-ye Man (Iran)
Directed by Rasoul Sadrameli

Saturday Afternoon / Shonibar Bikel (Bangladesh, Germany)
Directed by Mostofa Sarwar Farooki

Trap / Kapan (Turkey)
Directed by Seyid Çolak

Void / Tyhlo (Finland)
Directed by Aleksi Salmenperä

The Secret of a Leader (Kazakhstan)
Directed by Farkhat Sharipov

The Sun Above Me Never Sets / Min Urduber Kyun Khahan Da Kirbet (Russia)
Directed by Lybov Borisova

Ride Laughing (Italy)
Directed by Valerio Mastandrea

In Search of Echo / Haiyang Dongwu (China)
Directed by Zhang Chi

Jam (Japan)
Directed by Sabu

Sunday / Vorkreseniye (Russia)
Directed by Svetlana Proskurina

The Outbreak / Vongozero (Russia)
Directed by Pavel Kostomarov