Latvia, Lithuania, Estonia, 2018
dirs. Kristīne Briede, Audrius Stonys
“At the beginning of the 1960s, when the French pioneers of cinéma vérité set out to achieve a new realism, and when direct cinema in Québec began to vie for notice, the Baltics witnessed the birth of a generation of documentarists who favoured a more romantic view of the world around them. This meditative documentary essay – from a Latvian writer and Lithuanian director whose composed touch has long dovetailed with the stylistically diverse works of the Baltic New Wave – pushes adroitly past the limits of the common historiographic investigation to create a portrait of less-clearly remembered filmmakers. The result is a consummate poetic treatment of the ontology of documentary creation. Or a cinematic poem about cinema poets.”
“Some time ago meeting with two film directors changed the direction of my life. Lithuanian director Henrikas Šablevičius brought me to cinema, while Latvian director Herz Frank opened a whole new perspective of possibilities for documentary cinema, such as revealing that 10 minutes of a silent child’s face can reflect the deepest secrets of a human’s soul. Times changed. Many of the directors from this ‘golden’ film era with pioneers like Franks and Šablevičius left us. However the films they have created with their aesthetic, and, most importantly, ethical values still continue to affect out cinema and life today. It’s like a map made a long time ago by an old and wise cartographer that lasts for centuries and guides us through this vast and constantly changing, stormy time.” – A. Stonys
AUDRIUS STONYS is a globally acclaimed Lithuanian documentary filmmaker. In 1992 he was awarded a Felix Award from the European Film Academy for his documentary Earth of the Blind, and in 2002 he received the Lithuanian National Prize of Culture and Arts. Stonys’ documentary Ramin, which was created in collaboration with VFS flms,
was the Lithuanian nomination for the Oscar in 2012.
“I grew up with black and white poetic documentaries, among filmmakers who made them, and love everything about these films – the air, the style, the message. It is essential for me to have a contemporary look at these masterpieces and rediscover their authors, document them. There are moments it seems a channel of communication between the generations and nations is opening up, and there is a key laying in our hands. It matters today as it used to matter in the sixties when the pioneers of creative film-making launched their way and thought us not only to look, but also see.” – K. Breide
KRISTĪNE BRIEDE is a Latvian filmmaker and producer of cultural and social projects. In 2006 awarded by Latvian Culture Ministry prize “Three brothers” for the K@2
Karosta project – the regeneration of a former Soviet military base, establishing of the New Media Arts programme at the University of Liepajahas. Briede has received a numerous recognitions for her projects in Latvia in the fields of art, cinema and society integration. She has also produced and directed more than 10 documentaries and short films.
The film will be shown as part of Latvia 100 and in collaboration with the Latvian Embassy in the UK.
Words by Martin Horyna Karlovy Vary International Film Festival programmer.
Dates and Times released on 26 October
Wednesday 12 December 2018
Barbican, Cinema 2