CITY ON THE RIVER now in post-production

In post-production May 2019

CITY ON THE RIVER by Viesturs Kairiss, producer: EAVE + graduate Kestutis Drazdauskas is on post-production. Billed as “a tragicomedy about the ultimate triumph of human virtues in the face of systematic, institutional inhumanity”, and based on the novel of the same name by Gunars Jankovskis, City on the River covers the period between the late 1930s and the end of World War II.
It features non-professional actor Davis Suharevskis in the role of Ansis, a young sign-painter in demand by both the communist and the fascist regimes, whose life is about to change owing to the impending war. Ansis is also caught in a bizarre love triangle – he is in love with a Jewish girl, Zizla, but a marriage is impossible owing to religious and social prejudices. Then, Ansis falls for Latvian girl Naiga and will encounter numerous obstacles in both relationships. Will Ansis manage to hold on to his ideals, or will the war break him?
The film is a co-production by Latvia's Ego Media, the Czech Republic's 8Heads Productions and Lithuania's Artbox. Post-production will be carried out in the Prague-based studios Sleepwalker and Magic Lab. The movie was shot in Riga, Latgale (East Latvia) and Lithuania for 37 days between February 2018 and April 2019.

Page published 24 May 2019.

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