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Films in ‘Laboratory of Unseen Beauty’
PassengerAndrzej Munk, Witold Lesiewicz IFFR 2019 62′
After Munk died while shooting Pasażerka, Lesiewicz completed the film using stills. Would this axiom of concentration camp cinema be as epochal if finished properly?
After Andrzej Munk died in a car accident during the shooting of Pasażerka, Witold Lesiewicz completed the film using mainly production stills for the missing scenes. Could this axiom of concentration camp cinema have been as epochal and axiomatic if it didn’t feel so fragmentary – as unfinished as the history it brings alive?
They Shall Not Grow OldPeter Jackson IFFR 2019 109′
What looks like a by-the-book documentary on WWI turns out to be the biggest and most dazzling experimental film of 2018.
What at first looks like a by-the-book documentary on WWI from the fighting men’s perspective, turns out to be the biggest and most dazzling experimental film of 2018. Using original materials as something akin to a cyanotype, Jackson digitally created a completely new experience in colour, 3D and with a mind-blowing soundscape!
Apple in the RiverAivars Freimanis IFFR 2019 76′
When the termination of the film Maritime Climates created a quota problem for Rīgas Kinostudijā, a shelved documentary instead became the loveliest of teenage romances!
When the termination of Rolands Kalniņš’s Maritime Climates created a production quota problem for Rīgas Kinostudijā, another on-hold documentary, by Aivars Freimanis, was taken from the shelf and turned into a bitterly tender yet lighthearted, bright-eyed teenage romance – now considered a canonical piece of Latvian national film heritage.
Maritime ClimatesRolands Kalnins IFFR 2019 34′
The colourful musical comedy Maritime Climates may well have been a triumph of smart political satire. These remnants testify to its indomitable genius.
The colourful musical comedy Piejūras klimats may well have been a triumph of smart political satire. These remnants testify to its indomitable genius.