FNE at Riga IFF 2014: Mother, I Love You Wins Top Latvian Award

    Mother I Love you directed by Janis Nords Mother I Love you directed by Janis Nords

    RIGA: Mother, I Love You directed by Jānis Nords scooped the best Latvian feature film as well as the award for best director, best actress and the audience award at the awards ceremony of the Riga International Film Festival which honoured the best of Latvian national films on 11 December. The festival was held from 2-12 December 2014.

    The festival will also honour director Agnes Varda at a special ceremony for Lifetime Achievement to be held today 12 December. Riga is also hosting the 27th European Film Academy Awards at the Latvian National Opera on 13 December.

    Overall, awards were given in 24 categories. For the first time there was an international jury at the greatly expanded event. This consisted of Latvian Film Producers Association representative Bruno Aščuks, representative of the cameramen’s guild Valdis Eglītis, FIPRESCI Latvia Agent Uzulniece, directors John Streičs, Andis Miziss, animation director Rose Stiebra and three foreign guests - film critic Elena Stishova from Russia, film journalist Jan Schulz-Ojala from Germany and the Norwegian film Institute's representative Jan Erik Holst.

    List of Winners:

    Best feature film
    Mother, I Love You
    Directed by Janis Nords

    Best short feature film
    A Little Longer
    Directed by Stanislavs Tokalovs

    Best full-length documentary film
    Obliging Collaborators
    Directed by Peteris Krilovs

    Best Documentary Film 60 Minutes
    Chronicles of the Last Temple
    Directed by Davis Simanis

    Best Animation
    Rocks in My Pockets
    Directed by Signe Baumane

    Best debut feature
    Sirected by Juris Kursietis

    Best Minority Co-production
    The Gambler
    Directed by Ignas Jonynas
    Studio Uljana Kim (Lithuania) Locomotive Productions (Latvia)

    Best screenwriter
    Signe Baumane for Rocks in My Pockets

    Best feature film director
    Janis Nords for Mother, I Love You

    Best Actress
    Vita Vārpiņa for Mother, I Love You

    Best Actor
    Janis Amanis for Dream Team - 1935

    Best Actress in a Supporting Role
    Rēzija Kalniņa for Modris

    Best Actor in a Supporting Role
    Ziedonis Ločmelis for Then It’s Hi! Hi! Hee!

    Best feature film DoP
    Janis Eglītis for The Gambler

    Best Art Direction
    Kristin Plūksna-Zvagule, Ieva Romanova for Escaping Riga directed by David Simanis

    Best Costume Artist
    Sandra Sila for Dream Team-1935

    Best makeup artist
    Sarmite Balode for Escaping Riga

    Best Documentary film director
    Viesturs Kairišs for Pelican in the Desert

    Best Documentary Film DoP
    Gints Berzins for Pelican in the Desert

    Best animation film director
    Signe Baumane for Rocks in My Pockets

    Best Animation Artist
    Edmunds Jansons for Choir Tour and International Father’s Day

    Best Music Composer
    Jēkabs Nīmanis for Mara and Larger Than Life

    Best Sound Engineer
    Girts Bišs for Choir Tour