April 20, 2021.
The information was prepared by Kristīne Matīsa, NKC information specialist.
The traditional Latvian Film Marathon of the National Cinema Center on May 4 will be held online for the second year in a row on the portal filmas.lv – screenings of specially selected films all day long from 11:00 all over the world, following the time zones around the globe.
Due to the constraints of the emergency situation, the Latvian Film Marathon on May 4 was organized a year ago on the portal filmas.lv in cooperation with the Cultural Systems Information Center (KISC) as an online screening program around the world. countries from New Zealand to the West Coast of the United States. This year, as the restrictions of the pandemic continue, the Film Marathon is again offered as a Latvian national holiday offer for compatriots around the world, preserving the traditional cinema structure – the holiday program is arranged in successive screenings, each film will be available for viewing during the screening, following each country’s time zones. So anywhere in the world the marathon will start on May 4 at 11:00 (local time) with animation for children.
Following the current events of the era, this year the program and parallel events have been given a small thematic orientation on nature and environmental issues, several film screenings and also separate events that will complement the film program. Therefore, the animation film screening will include seven thematically unified films made by directors Roze Stiebra, Dace Rīdūze, Edmunds Jansons, Ēvalds Lācis, Reinis Pētersons, Nils Skapāns and Māris Brinkmanis, but in the introduction director Dace Rīdūze will present her is based on Agnese Vanaga ‘s books about the angry plastic bag and is being created in the studio Animation Brigade with the support of the National Film Center.
The current theme will also be continued by the Eco-Classics screening, where you will be able to watch the most famous documentaries about the environment in Latvian cinema history – Umbrella Law (2001, authors Andis Mizišs and Māris Maskalāns) and Leiputrija (2004, Laila Pakalniņa and Māris Maskalāns). the documentary Spoon (2019), which offers an unexpected view of the absurd life of a plastic spoon; and a thematically compatible discussion of related topics. In the screening of chronicles in film magazines of the 1980s and 1990s, we will see how complicated the situation in the field of environmental protection was at a time when Latvia was still trying to restore independence.
The Jubilee Session is also planned in the Latvian Film Marathon program, where we will celebrate two 90th anniversaries with two short films from the Latvian National Archive of Film and Photophono Documents – director Varis Krūmiņš (film Causes and Consequences, 1956) and writer Vizma Belševica, after which the director due to Pauline (1979), but in another screening with films we will mention two recently deceased personalities – the poet Uldis Bērziņš and the director Askold Saulīte. At the end of the evening, two feature films are planned – Latvian and Lithuanian co-production Dzimtene (director Tomass Vengris) and Latvian cinema classic – director Aivars Freimanis’ two-series feature film Dzīvīte (1989), which has just been digitally restored by film operator Valdis Eglītis.
A detailed program plan with showtimes and movie annotations will follow next week.
NKC information specialist