When the termination of Rolands Kalniņš’s Maritime Climates created a production quota problem for Rīgas Kinostudijā (a certain amount of films had to be made each year, now they were one short), an also-halted(!) documentary by Aivars Freimanis was taken from the shelf and turned into a fiction feature.

Bizarrely enough, Freimanis had exactly the opposite problem to Kalniņš: Maritime Climates was deemed too politically cheeky and too aesthetically crazy, with its stylish colour scheme-cum-stylised sets – while the documentary out of which Apple in the River grew was judged too realistic, candid, unadorned. Freimanis 'solved' this problem by inserting a bitterly tender yet light-hearted and bright-eyed teenage romance into this setting: the story of lovely Anita, who finds kind Janis in Rīga, only to lose him again in Rīga – leading to a search that becomes an exploration of the city, in particular the sections close to the Daugava.

Original title
Ābols upē
Filmmaker
Aivars Freimanis
Country
Latvia
Year
1974
Medium
DCP
Length
76’
Language
Latvian
Production Company
Riga Film Studio
Sales
Riga Film Museum
Writer
Aivars Freimanis
Cinematography
Dāvis Sīmanis
Music
Pēteris Plakidis
Cast
Akvelīna Līvmane, Ivars Kalniņš