The Year Before the War

  • 95'
  • Latvia
  • 2021

In 1913, the world is about to be radically transformed. Soon, millions of men will march, singing, into the trenches. At this moment of feverish anticipation, Peter from Latvia – who always claims his name is Hans – is roaming around Europe. He starts out as a simple doorman in Riga, but becomes embroiled in the revolutionary plans of communists, anarchists, proto-fascists and nationalists. His odyssey through Europe leads him to the 'Lebensreform' community at Monte Verità in Switzerland, and to imperial Vienna. He is shot at and forced to commit murder, has a romance with the spy Mata Hari and is psychoanalysed by Sigmund Freud.

The Year Before the War is a historical thriller with a surrealist twist. Director Simanis embraces erudite hyperbole through playful references to key historical figures and the history of Russian and German cinema. The result is an atmospheric analysis of an era that still has great relevance; an era when new, utopian ideas heralded the 20th century.

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    • Van vrijdag 05 februari 20:00vri 05 feb. 20:00
    • tot maandag 08 februari 20:00maa 08 feb. 20:00

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  • Online
    vrijdag 05 februari 2021
    Online
    Met live Q&A
Filmmaker
Dāvis Sīmanis
Première
World premiere
Productielanden
Latvia, Lithuania, Czech Republic
Productiejaar
2021
Festival editie
IFFR 2021
Lengte
95'
Medium/Formaat
DCP
Originele titel
Gads pirms kara
Talen
Latvian, German, Russian, French
Producenten
Roberts Vinovskis, Uljana Kim, Radim Procházka
Productiebedrijven
Studio Locomotive, Studio Uljana Kim, Produkce Radim Procházka
Sales
Studio Locomotive
Scenario
Tabita Rudzāte, Uldis Tīrons, Dāvis Sīmanis
Camera
Andrejs Rudzāts
Editor
Anna Ryndova
Production Design
Kristīne Jurjāne
Sound Design
Saulius Urbanavičius
Muziek
Faustas Latenas
Cast
Petr Buchta, Lauris Dzelzītis, Ģirts Ķesteris, Gints Grāvelis, Dace Everss