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Diagnoze - kino: "Lake Sonata" on May 5

Lake Sonata (1976, Riga Film Studio, 92’)

Screenplay: Regīna Ezera, Gunārs Cilinskis
Directors: Gunārs Cilinskis, Varis Brasla
Main cast: Astrīda Kairiša, Gunārs Cilinskis, Lilita Ozoliņa, Ģirts Jakovļevs, Lidija Freimane, Egils Veseris, Ineta Apoga.

 

Doctor Rūdolfs spends time at his country cottage, and there he meets teacher Laura – a mother of two children whose husband is in prison. Rūdolfs rescues Laura’s daughter, Zaiga, who is sick, befriends her son, Māris, and falls in love with Laura, but she desperately struggles with her feelings of responsibility towards her family.

 

A classical melodrama, the popularity of which was secured by the perfect director-debutante tandem of the popular actor Gunārs Cilinskis and film production professional Varis Brasla. This film, from the golden collection of Latvian cinema classics searches for the answer to an age-old question – should one engage in a forbidden love affair? “Lake Sonata” boldly differed from mainstream Soviet cinema of the time by making this intimate subject a focus of the film, rather than themes of the development of socialism and issues of manufacturing.

 

In 2016, Riga Film Museum will show a selection of Latvian classics, as well as newer films that have already proven to become a milestone in the history of Latvian cinema.
The films will be screened with English subtitles to allow foreigners to become acquinted with Latvian film classics. As it is not common practice to subtitle these films, this will provide a unique oppurtunity to watch these films.

 

“Lake Sonata” will be screened on Thursday, May 5 at the Riga Film Museum at 18:30, free of charge.
Address: Peitavas street 10 (entrance from Alksnāja street)
The project “Diagnoze – kino’’ is supported by the State Culture Capital Foundation.

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14.-16.04.2016. Program of the conference Baltic Sea Region Documentary Cinema: A Social and Aesthetic Phenomenon

 

Centre for Scientific Research of Latvian Academy of Culture and Riga Film Museum, along with the support of international partners, is organizing an international academic conference Baltic Sea Region Documentary Cinema: A Social and Aesthetic Phenomenon. The conference will be held from 14 -16 April, 2016, in Riga.


Documentary cinema has a strong tradition in Latvia, but it is important to look outside the country’s borders and see it in a broader context. Therefore the aim of the conference is to open up the field of research on documentary cinema from Baltic Sea region countries by studying its main movements and creators, doing comparative analysis of various national cinemas, along with covering numerous other topics.


The conference will gather participants from Baltic countries, Poland, United Kingdom, Finland, Sweden, and others. The keynote speakers will be Dr. Ewa Mazierska, Professor of Film Studies at the University of Central Lancashire. She has published nearly twenty monographs and edited collections, and is principal editor of a Routledge journal Studies in Eastern European Cinema. A keynote speaker from Finland will be Dr. Susanna Helke. She is an award-winning documentary filmmaker (e.g. American Vagabond (2013), Playground (2010), The Idle Ones (2001) etc.) and associate professor at the Film, Television and Scenography Department at Aalto University in Helsinki. The final keynote address will be from Dr. Patrik Sjöberg, an Assistant Professor in Cinema Studies at Karlstad University in Sweden. He is the author of The World in Pieces – A Study on Compilation Film (2001), a contributor to several anthologies on documentary culture, as well as articles and essays in Swedish and English.


All presentations will have simultaneous translation to either Latvian or English.
Entrance is free of charge.
The conference is supported by State Culture Capital Foundation.

Full program below.

 

 

Conference program 
Baltic Sea Region Documentary Cinema: A Social and Aesthetic Phenomenon
14 -16 April, 2016, Riga, Latvia

 

 

Thursday, 14 April, 2016
(National Library of Latvia, Ziedonis Hall, Mūkusalas iela 3)

 

 

9:30 – 10:00 Registration

 

10:00 Opening of the Conference. Rūta Muktupāvela, Rector of the Latvian Academy of Culture

 

Session I, chair: Dāvis Sīmanis
10:15 – 10:50 Pēteris Krilovs (Latvia) The Paradoxes of Quest for Substance in Documentary Cinema
10:50 – 11:15 Inga Pērkone (Latvia), Anti-Communist Manifesto by Documentary Filmmakers. Documentary The Frescos of Kuldīga (1966) by Aivars Freimanis
11:15 – 11:40 Lina Kaminskaitė-Jančorienė (Lithuania), What It Meant to Be a Documentary Filmmaker in the Periphery of the Soviet Union

 

Keynote I
11:40 – 12:15 Ewa Mazierska (UK/ Poland), Polish Documentary Films Made About Collapsed State Farms

 

12:15 – 13:30 Coffee break/ Lunch break

 

Session II, chair Renata Šukaitytė
13:30 – 13:55 Audrius Dambrauskas (Lithuania), The Boring Reality: Newsreels and Censorship in Antanas Smetona’s Lithuania, 1926-1940
13:55 – 14:20 Riho Västrik (Estonia), The Socially Critical Documentaries of Valeria Anderson in 1960-1985
14:20 – 14:45 Anita Uzulniece (Latvia), Was It Easy To Be Juris Podnieks (Sisyphus Rolls His Stone)
14:45 – 15:10 Dāvis Sīmanis (Latvia), Fiction as a Tool of Reality in Latvian Contemporary Documentary Film

 

15:10 – 15:30 Coffee break

 

15:30 – 17:00 Round table discussion – Documentary Cinema as an Institution for Memory (participants: Eva Näripea (Estonia), Lina Kaminskaitė-Jančorienė (Lithuania), Ivars Seleckis (Latvia), Agris Redovičs (Latvia), Antra Cilinska (Latvia), moderator Pēteris Krilovs (Latvia)

 

18:30 Lithuanian short films
The Old Man and the Land (Senis ir žemė, dir. Robertas Verba, 1965, 18‘)
Time Passes Through the City (Laikas eina per miestą, dir. Almantas Grikevičius, 1966, 17‘)
Reflections (Atspindžiai, Henrikas Šablevičius, 1968,15‘)
A Trip Through Misty Meadows (Kelionė ūkų lankomis, dir. Henrikas Šablevičius, 1973, 11‘)
The Dreams of the Centenarians (Šimtamečių godos, dir. Robertas Verba, 1969, 17‘)

 

 


Friday, 15 April, 2016
Department of Film and Theatre, Latvian Academy of Culture (Dzirnavu iela 46)

 

 

9:30 - 10:00 Registration

 

Keynote II
10:00 – 10:35 Susanna Helke (Finland), The Reality Market and the Emotive Turn in Scandinavian Documentary

 

Keynote III
10:35 – 11:10 Patrik Sjöberg (Sweden), Stretching the Frame: Experimental Strategies in Contemporary Swedish Documentaries

 

Session III, chair Inga Pērkone
11:10 – 11:35 Klara Bruveris (Australia/ Latvia), Documentary or Fiction? Poetic Documentary and Verisimilitude in the Films of Laila Pakalniņa
11:35 – 12:00 Marija Weste (Latvia/ Sweden), Connectivity: the space of documentary within fiction cinema. A Case Study of Three Latvian Films: “Divi” (Two), “Elpojiet dziļi” (Breathe Deeply), and „Ābols upē“ (Apple in the River)
12:00 – 12:25 Renata Šukaitytė (Lithuania), The Culture of Poverty and "Othered" Families in the Documentaries Family Instinct, Father, Lisa, Go Home! and The Worm

 

12:25 – 13:30 Coffee break/ Lunch break

 

Session IV, chair Ewa Mazierska
13:30 – 13:55 Magdalena Staroszczyk (Poland), Non-professional Footage as Documents
13:55 – 14:20 Inese Strupule (UK/ Latvia), Latvian Amateur Documentary Films. Family, Community, Work, and Politics in the Films of Uldis Lapiņš, Ingvars Leitis, and Zigurds Vidiņš
14:20 – 14:45 Natalija Arlauskaite (Lithuania), Taming the Contingent: Documentary Footage in Siege Narrative Production, 1942-1966

 

Session V, chair Eva Näripea
14:45 – 15:10 Ivo Juurvee (Estonia), Documentaries in the Service of the KGB and STASI: A case study of two films
15:10 – 15:35 Davide Abbatescianni (Estonia/ Italy), The Estonian Documentary Film Industry: investing in the cultural growth of the country
15:35 – 16:00 Anny Carraro (Italy), The Reception of a European Documentary Film Project Entitled Ilze’s Watching Dolls About Latvian Artist Ilze Jaunberga
16:00 – 16:25 Jari Sedergren (Finland), Finnish Documentary Maker Antti Peippo (1972-1989)

 

16:25 – 17:00 Coffee break

 

17:00 – 18:00 Presentation: film project Baltic New Wave (Vides filmu studija (Latvia), dir. Kristīne Briede, Audrius Stonys), presented by producer Uldis Cekulis, co-director Kristīne Briede

 

 


Saturday, 16 April, 2016

Riga Film Museum (Peitavas iela 10, entrance from Mazā Peitavas iela, Old Town)

(films will be screened in original language with English subtitles)

 

10:30 – 12:00 Screening of White Bells (1961, Latvia) and guided tour/ walk in the film’s locations in Riga city centre

 

12:30
Boy of Granite (Graniittipoika, dir. Antti Peippo, Finland, 1979, 10‘)
10 Minutes Older („Vecāks par 10 minūtēm“, dir. Hercs Franks, Latvia, 1978, 10‘)
Frescos of Kuldīga („Kuldīgas freskas“, dir. Aivars Freimanis, Latvia, 1966, 50‘)

 

14:00
Generation ‘89 (Pokolenie ‘89, Maria Zmarz-Koczanowicz, Poland, 2002, 61’)

 

15:30
Estonian short films
Stony Lullaby (Kivine hällilaul, dir. Valeria Anderson, 1964, 17‘)
Ruhnu (dir. Andres Sööt, 1965, 10‘)
The Long Street (Pikk tanav, dir. Hans Roosipuu, 1966, 10‘)
Tallinn Secrets (Tallinna saladused, dir. Ülo Tambek, 1967, 11‘)
511 Best Photos of Mars (511 paremat fotot Marsist, dir. Andres Sööt, 1968, 15‘)
St.John’s Day (Jaanipäev, dir. Andres Sööt, 1978, 20‘)

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Diagnoze - kino: ''My Wealthy Mistress'' 7.04.

''My Wealthy Mistress''

1969, 95’, Riga Film Studio
Director: Leonīds Leimanis
Main cast: Eduards Pāvuls, Līga Liepiņa, Kārlis Sebris, Luijs Šmits, Zigrīda Stungure and others.

 

The film is set in Riga in the 1930s. An intelligent unemployed man, Oļģerts Kurmis, moonlights as a carter, and together with his friend, homeless Frīdis, he lands a few small jobs with Mr. Kalnkāja, who hopes to be elected to parliament. Kurmis also feels responsible for the young girl Emma Kārkls, who has recently spent time in jail for petty theft. Emma begins to work as a servant in the Kalnkāja residence and together with Kurmis and Frīdis puts up posters for the minority party. Emma is jailed again, this time with a “political record”.

 

Film critics find a distant similarity with Italian neorealism and its interest in the “everyman” in this last film of Leonīds Leimanis. At the same time, ‘’My Wealthy Mistress” also provides a timeless satire of social differences and elections in a multi-party system. The film score, composed by Marģeris Zariņš, one of the first postmodernists in Latvian film music, is impressive and a classic of the genre.

 

In 2016, Riga Film Museum will show a selection of Latvian classics, as well as newer films that have already proven to become a milestone in the history of Latvian cinema.
The films will be screened with English subtitles to allow foreigners to become acquinted with Latvian film classics. As it is not common practice to subtitle these films, this will provide a unique oppurtunity to watch these films.

 

“My Wealthy Mistress” will be screened on Thursday, April 7 at the Riga Film Museum at 18:30, free of charge.


Address: Peitavas street 10 (entrance from Alksnāja street)
The project “Diagnoze – kino’’ is supported by the State Culture Capital Foundation.

 

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Diagnoze - kino: The Swamp Treader

 Latvian Academy of Culture Riga Film Museum for the fourth time organizes a project called “Diagnoze – kino’’ which focuses on screening of Latvian films once a month. In 2016, Riga Film Museum will show a selection of Latvian classics, as well as newer films that have already proven to become a milestone in the history of Latvian cinema.


The films will be screened with English subtitles to allow foreigners to become acquinted with Latvian film classics. As it is not common practice to subtitle these films, this will provide a unique oppurtunity to watch these films.


On March 3, Riga Film Museum will screen “The Swamp Treader” (1966) by Leonīds Leimanis.
In this film, set in Latvia in the late 19th century, Edgars, the coachman of Alaine Manor, loves Kristīne, the washerwoman’s daughter, although he is too hot-headed for Kristīne’s mother to consider him a good suitor for her daughter. The servant Vīskrelis and stable boy Sutka try to tempt Edgars to a life of drinking and a relationship with the barmaid Matilde. Meanwhile, Kristīne is courted by the rich land owner, Akmentiņš. Kristīne ends up jilting Akmentiņš at the altar.


Leonīds Leimanis, one of the most spirited Latvian directors, based “The Swamp Treader” on the work of classic author Rūdolfs Blaumanis. Leimanis spun the cautiously romantic relationships portrayed in the original work into a drama of stormy passions, which caused heated discussion in society about the limits of liberties taken in cinematographic adaptations. The chemistry between charismatic actors Vija Artmane and Uldis Pūcītis makes one of the most powerful pairs of lovers in the history of Latvian film, and all of the above-mentioned traits made “The Swamp Treader” one of the most popular feature films of its time (26.6 million viewers in the territory of the former USSR).

 


“The Swamp Treader” will be screened on Thursday, March 3 at the Riga Film Museum at 18:30, free of charge.


Address: Peitavas street 10 (entrance from Alksnāja street)

Program for the first half of 2016:
4.02. “Rocks in my Pockets”, dir. Signe Baumane, 2014, Locomotive Studio
3.03. “The Swamp Treader”, dir. Leonīds Leimanis, 1966, Riga Film Studio
7.04. “My Wealthy Mistress”, rež. Leonīds Leimanis, 1969, Riga Film Studio
5.05. “Lake Sonata”, dir. Gunārs Cilinskis, Varis Brasla, 1976, Riga Film Studio
2.06. “A Limousine the Colour of a Midsummer’s Eve”, dir. Jānis Streičs, 1981, Riga Film Studio

This project is supported by the State Culture Capital Foundation.

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Diagnoze - kino: Latvian Classics with English Subtitles

 Latvian Classics with English Subtitles

Latvian Academy of Culture Riga Film Museum for the fourth time organizes a project called “Diagnoze – kino’’ which focuses on screening of Latvian films once a month. In 2016, Riga Film Museum will show a selection of Latvian classics, as well as newer films that have already proven tobecome a milestone in the history of Latvian cinema.


The films will be screened with English subtitles toallow foreigners to become acquinted with Latvian film classics. As it is not not common practice to subtitle these films, this will provide a unique oppurtunity to watch these films.


The first screening of “Diagnoze – kino’’ in 2016 will be on February 4. We will screen the animation feature film “Rocks in my Pockets” by Signe Baumane (2014). This film saw its world premiere at the prestigious Karlovy Vary festival in Czech Republic. This film is a personal story about depression, told by Baumane herself. “Rocks in my Pockets” has clearly become one of the most important phenomenon in recent history of Latvian cinema, with its honest and light-hearted depiction of depression in animation. In late 2015, Baumane was awarded with the Award of Excellence in Culture, founded by the Ministry of Culture, highlighing the strong influence of “Rocks in my Pockets” in the contemporary landscape of Latvian cinema.


“Rocks in My Pockets” will be screened on Thursday, February 4 at the Riga Film Museum at 18:30, free of charge.


Address: Peitavas street 10 (entrance from Alksnāja street)

Program for the first half of 2016:


4.02. “Rocks in my Pockets”, dir. Signe Baumane, 2014, Locomotive Studio


3.03. “The Swamp Treader”, dir. Leonīds Leimanis, 1966, Riga Film Studio


7.04. “My Wealthy Mistress”, rež. Leonīds Leimanis, 1969, Riga Film Studio


5.05. “Lake Sonata”, dir. Gunārs Cilinskis, Varis Brasla, 1976, Riga Film Studio


2.06. “A Limousine the Colour of a Midsummer’s Eve”, dir. Jānis Streičs, 1981, Riga Film Studio

 

This project is supported by the State Culture Capital Foundation.

Filming of "The Coast" (1963), cameraman Ivars Seleckis, director Aivars Freimanis. Photograph from the private archive of I. Seleckis
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Call for papers - academic conference "Baltic Sea Region Documentary Cinema"

Centre for Scientific Research of Latvian Academy of Culture and Riga Film Museum is organizing an International Academic Conference Baltic Sea Region Documentary Cinema: an Aesthetic and Social Phenomenon

The conference will be held on 14th-16th April, 2016, at the Department of Theatre and Audiovisual Art of Latvian Academy of Culture.

 

The aim of the conference is to open up a broad research field of the documentary cinema from Baltic Sea Region countries (Latvia, Lithuania, Estonia, Poland, Finland, Sweden, Denmark, Russia, Germany), studying the main movements and authors, doing comparative analysis of various national cinemas, and other topics.
Even though each country has a diverse and specific documentary film history that is explored by local professionals, it seldom is addressed by researchers of other countries or viewed in the context of processes in the neighbouring countries and the whole Baltic Sea region. Therefore this conference will serve as the first main platform to bring together academics and students who research documentary cinema to have a broader look at the social and aesthetic means, trends, theories to explore the rich history of the documentary cinema in the region.

 

The organizers welcome paper proposals on the topics of suggested (but not limited to) themes:

- comparative analysis of national cinemas;
- work of significant single author (or authors) of a national cinema from the region;
- analysis of important documentary film movements in the region;
- transnational themes, transnational authors;
- documentary film theory/ criticism on a national level;
- preservation, restauration, and access of the films;
- etc.

 

Working languages of the conference: Latvian and English, simultaneous translation to Latvian/ English provided. Participation at the conference is free of charge.
The conference papers will be published in the peer reviewed collection of papers in the series Culture Crossroads („Kultūras Krustpunkti“) published by Centre for Scientific Research of Latvian Academy of Culture. Publication date – November, 2016.
The conference will be accompanied by a film program, representing the classics of documentary cinema from the countries represented in the conference.

 

Key dates:

 

Submission of abstracts – until 2 February, 2016. Abstracts have to be written in English, in the length of up to 300 words. The abstract should include a title of the paper, brief desciption of the topic, name, affiliation, academic degree, contact details of applicant, and information about the equipment required for the presentation. Time for a presentation up to 20 minutes, language of the presentation – Latvian or English.
E-mail abstract to: zane.balcus@kinomuzejs.lv.

 

Until 16 February, 2016 – review of the submissions and selection of participants (all applicants will be notified by e-mail).

 

Until 1 March, 2016 – registration of participants.

 

1 April, 2016 – announcement of the full conference programme.

 

14-16 April, 2016 – conference and film program.

 

1 June, 2016 – submission deadline for the conference papers for publication (in English or Latvian). The style and submission guidelines will be sent out to participants until the beginning of the conference.

 

The conference is organized by financial support of State Culture Capital Foundation.


Conference coordinator:
Zane Balčus, Director of Riga Film Museum
zane.balcus@kinomuzejs.lv

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Happy New Year!

 In the upcoming days Riga Film museum will be closed on December 31 and January 1, 2016. The museum will be open on December 30 and January 2 from 11-17.

 

As to the next year, we are pleased to inform that we have a busy schedule ahead of us: 

- in February, Latvian film evenings called ''Diagnoze - kino'' will restart. This time, we will be screening Latvian classics with English subtitles. Entry - free. The film evenings will continue as usual: the first Thursday of every month, starting with February 4 at Riga Film museum. 

 

- in April, we will organise a conference that will look into the documentary film in the Baltic sea region. More information will follow!

 

- all through the year we will be celebrating the 80th birthday of the Latvian director Jānis Streičs. His actual birthday will be on September 26 but screenings of his films, special events, workshops and other events will be held in his honour starting with Spring, 2016. 

Rainy Day, 1969, 15‘, director Roze Stiebra, scriptwriter Nellija Ozoliņa, camera Ansis Bērziņš, art directors Dailis Rožlapa, Ivars Ošiņš, composer Pauls Dambis
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Reckoning Miracle. The Animation Films of Roze Stiebra and Ansis Bērziņš

One of the symbols of this exhibition is the black and yellow logotype of animation studio Dauka that represents a person on the way to meet the horizon or a sunrise. The base of the studio is formed by two people – Roze Stiebra and Ansis Bērziņš, the pioneers of cut-out and drawn animation tradition in Latvia. Even though the name Dauka is associated with only one period of their artistic and production endeavour (1991 - 2010) and the exhibition includes also their previous work, it precisely characterises the principles of the directors’ films – the pursuit of presenting the world in its joy and sorrow, to portray warmth and kindness.

In animation film, the static character comes to life. To make it happen the process requires participation of many people, all endowed with patience, who draw, phase, colour, cut, glue, shoot, imbuing the static images with life, later creating the mood with music and text. In this exhibition we wanted to emphasise Roze and Ansis’ symbiotic work with artists. Roze says: ’By creating a film, we create a new reality, and it shows how beautiful and unlimited the world is. You start to see wonders where you didn't see them before.’

The curator of the exhibition: Zane Balčus
Design by: Dace Džeriņa

Financed by State Culture Capital Foundation. 
 

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Museum closed until September 30

 Riga Film Museum currently is changing exhibitions - ''Film Trophies'' is no longer available. The new exhibition will be called ''Reckoning Miracle'', and it will open from September 30.

''Reckoning Miracle'' will tell the story of Ansis Bērziņš and Roze Stiebra, the founders of the animation studio ''Dauka''. A quest for ever new challenges has always been paramount for Roze and Ansis, practising the diverse possibilities provided by cinema and their affinity to a specific cultural setting. The authors have collaborated with both up and coming and acclaimed artists, composers, animators, consistently inspiring them to strive for original artistic expression and unleash their talent in animation films. For the most part of their creative careers however, Roze and Ansis have relied mainly on each other and a few of the closest collaborators.