Young and promising doctor loses everything due to her conflict with the totalitarian Soviet regime – career, love for life and even mother’s instinct denying breast milk to her baby. However, the grown-up daughter becomes her only supporter who tries to help ease mother’s depression and learn to live in the depressive Soviet regime herself. The lifelines of mother and daughter flow in the occupied Soviet Latvia from 1945 to 1989 when the Soviet Union collapses.
An extraordinary, lonely yet spiritually strong little girl attempts to comprehend the adult world, which in her eyes is very contradictory, and to prove her own value despite the ignorance and lack of appreciation by her family in late 1930s. Bille tries to find an escape in her vivid imagination. This autobiographical family drama based on a best-selling book by the award-winning Latvian author and a Nobel Prize candidate Vizma Belševica. Movie ir Latvian with subtitles in English.
Documentary "Ruch and Norie" is a human interest story about two contrasting people striking up a surprising, emotional and spiritual relationship. Japanese student Norie Tsuruta travels to Latvia to study Suiti community. There she meets one of the oldest Suiti women nicknamed Ruch, who doesn't know a single word in English but can sing. An inexplicable link connects them both. Norie thinks she has found her deceased grandma in Ruch, while Ruch will now tremble at every earthquake in Japan. Directed by Ināra Kolmane, producer Marta Mannenbach, Ināra Kolmane, Jānis Juhņēvičs.
The film follows the life and work of the sculptor Indulis Ranka in the light of his 'Magnum opus' - the sculpture park 'Folk Song Park' in Turaida. The film follows the process of creating the sculpture park since 1980. During these thirty-five years Ranka has created with his own hands an incredible body of work - 26 granite sculptures, some reaching the height of a building. How is such monumental body of work attainable, and what is the price the sculptor has paid to reach his dream?
"Mona" is a contemporary fairytale for adults about the ancient mystery of women, a deep but short-lived passion and human metamorphoses. A businessman from Riga arrives at his uncle´s funeral in a small Latvian village, a place virtually dependent on the slaughterhouse. There, he meets Mona, the local beauty, making him give up the idea of returning to Riga and thus dramatically affecting the life of the villagers. A fusion of passion, mystery, animal instincts and human fragility emerges.
Ten years ago the Latvian National Opera was re-opened after immense reconstruction. Now this is the place where artists and the stage come together in an unusual atmosphere to create "the miracle" of music, action, text - elements of the opera phenomenon. Directed by: Dāvis Sīmanis jun. (english subtitles) "Vaira's Smiling", documentary With unique, rare clips from the former president's press office video archive - a smiling president and an emotional discussion on the eight years of presidency in Latvia.