Latvian Drama The Pit Sold to HBO Europe

    The Pit by Dace Pūce The Pit by Dace Pūce

    RIGA: Latvian director Dace Pūce’s debut feature The Pit / Bedre (2020) will be available to Eastern Europe's viewers through a new license agreement with HBO Europe, inked by the Italian international sales company TVCO. Earlier, the German theatrical distributor Arsenal Filmverleih had acquired all rights to the film for German speaking territories.

    The Pit was produced by Marana Productions (Latvia) in cooperation with Inland Film Company (Finland). It premiered at the Nordic Film Days in Lübeck, where it won the Grand Prix. The film was chosen to be the opening film for the reopening of cinemas in Lübeck in mid-May 2021.

    The film will also be screened in the Fajr IFF’s Festival of Festivals section at the end of May and Shanghai IFF’s Spectrum Alternatives section in June 2021.

    The Pit is based on short stories by the Latvian writer Jana Egle. Telling the story of a 10- year old boy Markus, the film touches upon issues of children growing up without parents, of emotional violence, and struggles of childhood in a remote countryside.

    The film was supported by the National Film Centre of Latvia.