Second Baltic Film days will be held this week in Vilnius, Riga and Tallinn to popularize Baltic cinema. In each capital Baltic films from the recent years as well as classic gems are shown to the public for free.
Symbolically, a movie about the historic events around the Baltic way in 1989, Latvian Centennial feature „Paradise ‘89“ (2018, dir. Madara Dišlere) will be opening film of Baltic Film Days in Tallinn and Vilnius.
Vilnius will host 9 screenings of 6 films in total, featuring also fantasy drama „November“ (2017, director Rainer Sarnet), documental road movie „Soviet Hippies“ (2017, director Terje Toomistu) and comedy drama „Man who looks like me“ (2017, directors Katrin Maimik and Andres Maimik) from Estonia, and „Mother, I love you“ (2013, director Jānis Nords) and Cannes classics, restored „Four white shirts“ (1967, dir. Rolands Kalniņš) from Latvia. Baltic film days in Vilnius will take place from August 20th until August 26th in Forum Cinemas Vingis.
“We are happy to give back old debts to the audience that is hungry to learn about Baltic Cinema,“ says Dovile Butnoriute, head of department of Film Promotion, Information and Heritage of Lithuanian Film Centre. „In organizing this event, we aim to present the most significant and interesting films of our neighbors in recent years. We are pleased with the audience’s attendance and openness, and it’s an inspiration to continue, to grow and to establish a very strong and welcomed annual event.“
Estonian audience will have a chance to see coming of age drama „Modris“ (2014, director Juris Kursietis) from Latvia and sports documentary „Rūta“ (2018, directors Ronaldas Buožis and Rokas Darulis) and thriller „The Gambler“ from Lithuania (2013, director Ignas Jonynas). Baltic Film Days in Talinn will take place in Kino Artis on August 22nd and 23rd. The film screenings in Tallinn and Estonian screenings in Riga and Vilnius are part of Estonian Centennial celebrations.
“Baltic Film Days in Tallinn were very popular last year and the local audience appreciated the opportunity to screen internationally successful Latvian and Lithuanian films,“ says Sigrid Saag, International Distribution Coordinator of Estonian Film Institute. „We are very grateful to be organising the event again to continue the centennial celebrations.”
Latvia will screen „Soviet hippies“ and „Man who looks like me“ from Estonia, a classic from 1990 „Children from hotel „America““ and documental portray „Rūta“ from Lithuania.
„Cooperation between Baltic countries in the film industry has become a priority during recent years. Increasing number of co-productions and succesful creative cooperation is a proof of success,“ says Dita Rietuma, head of National Film Centre of Latvia. „The Baltic Film Days, which started last year, is a proof of this cooperation, letting our audiences be introduced with films made in the Baltic.“
The Baltic Film Days are organized by national film institutions of Lithuania, Latvia and Estonia as one of the first joint projects designed for film viewers of all three countries. Last year the Baltic film days gathered more than 2500 audience.