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Janvaris (January) (2022)

  • Runtime: 95 min
  • Country: Latvia, Lithuania, Poland
  • Language: Latvian
  • In Color

A young man’s dreams are put on hold in this unfortunately timely story of art, love, and war. It is January 1991, and Jazis (Kārlis Arnolds Avots) longs to become a filmmaker, citing the works of Ingmar Bergman and Jim Jarmusch among his inspirations. He finds a like-minded lover in Anna (Alise Danovska), who similarly dreams of artistic success and later accepts a position working for filmmaker Juris Podnieks (Juhan Ulfsak). However, their love and carefree lives crash to a halt when the Soviet menace becomes a grim reality, their homeland becoming a fierce battleground of subjugation versus independence. Veteran director and playwright Viesturs Kairiss marks his seventh narrative film with this thought-provoking meditation on the intersection of art, love and war. With its distinctive filmmaking style of Super 8 interludes and actual archival footage, January is an experience that will envelop you long after the credits roll.

  • Director - Viesturs Kairiss
  • Writing credits - Andris Feldmanis, Viesturs Kairiss, Livia Ulman
  • Producers: Gints Grube, Inese Boka-Grube, Kestutis Drazdauskas, Martins Eihe
  • Cinematographer - Wojciech Staron
  • Production Designer - Ieva Jurjane
  • Composer - Juste Janulyte

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  • Karlis Arnolds Avots

  • Baiba Broka

  • Rudolfs Cirulis

  • Alise Danovska

  • Juhan Ulfsak

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