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In 1940, Ivars Seleckis – one of the most eminent Baltic documentarians – was a schoolboy, while Latvia was already occupied by the Soviets. Throughout his long career, he had never filmed children. So, over two years, he followed five children: Kārlis lives in the country, while Gleb’s grandparents are part of the Russian-speaking minority who arrived to the country during the Soviet era. Zane’s family has always lived in an urban environment, while that of Anastasija has returned to live far from the city. Finally, little Anete’s mother lives and works in England. Continuing his work as a patient chronicler of change in Latvian society, Seleckis takes a curious and tender look at this new generation and their families.
Ivars Seleckis was born in 1934, in Riga, Latvia. He is one of the founders of the legendary Riga school of poetic documentary film. Originally trained as a food technologist, Seleckis started his career in film in 1958 as assistant cameraman at the Riga Film Studio. In 1966, he graduated from the Moscow film institute as a professional cinematographer and made his debut as a documentary director in 1968. A large part of Ivars Seleckis’ filmography belongs to the canon of Latvian film history. In 1975 he was awarded the title of the Merited Master of the Arts, in 1987 – the title of the People’s Artist of Latvia.
Antra Gaile, Gints Grūbe
Festivals & Awards:
Visions du Réel 2018; Tallin Black Nights Film Festival – Award for Life Achievment for director Ivars Seleckis; National Film Festival Latvia “Lielais Kristaps” – Best Editor, Best Camera, Best director; Nordische Filmtage Lubeck, 2018; Riga International Film Festival 2018 – Audience Award; IDFA 2018; Message to Man IFF 2018 – Award of the Honorary president; Academy Awards 2019 – Latvia's Entry for Best Foreign Language Film
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