Estonian premiere

January

Local title
Jaanuar
Original title
Janvāris
Director
Viesturs Kairišs
Country
Latvia, Lithuania, Poland
Year
2022
Programme
Baltic Film Competition
Genre
drama
Subject
Society, history, activism, youth

This nostalgically cinephiliac film brought Latvia its first-ever victory at the Tribeca Film Festival. The blazing drama is made particularly strong by aesthetic choices with dreamy Super-8 footage and allegorical reflections of historical events, which lead to deeply personal memories and honest experiences. The protagonists are authentically based on real personalities like the idolised director and documentalist Juris Podnieks, who inspired many to boldly test the limits of filmmaking until his own tragic death while scuba-diving.

“Sign Painter” Viesturs Kairiš returns to unveil his aspirations to become a film director in the Soviet Union just on the verge of collapse. The currently ongoing war in Ukraine may help us understand the context more credibly and conveys the feel of the emotional background of uncertain times in 1991.

19-years-old Jazis picks up a camera to fight for freedom and record truthful footage of occupant invasion to the Baltic countries. The insecure, but motivated rebel finds mutual attraction with kind-hearted Anna, which helps them find the needed romantic resistance. The multi-talented young Dailė theatre actor Kārlis Arnolds Avots delivers a haunting and captivating performance in the year of his discovery: his performance is radically different in “Lovable”.

Edvinas Pukšta

Director
Viesturs Kairišs
Screenwriter
Viesturs Kairišs, Andris Feldmanis, Livia Ulman
Cast
Kārlis Arnolds Avots, Alise Dzene, Sandis Runge, Baiba Broka, Aleksas Kazanavičius, Juhan Ulfsak
Producer
Inese Boka-Grūbe, Gints Grūbe
DoP
Wojciech Staroń
Editor
Armands Začs
Composer
Justé Janulytė
Production
Mistrus Media
World sales
The Yellow Affair
Runtime
Language
Latvian, Russian, Lithuanian
Subtitles
English
Other festivals
Tribeca
Director
Viesturs Kairišs

Viesturs Kairišs (snd 1971) on lõpetanud Läti kultuuriakadeemia teatri- ja filmirežii eriala ning töötanud seejärel Riia Uue Teatri direktorina. Lisaks näidendite ja ooperite lavastamisele on ta ka tuntud dokumentaalfilmide autor, kelle töid on näidatud kõikjal maailmas. Tema mängufilm „Melanija kroonikad“ (2016) pälvis parima filmi ja režissööri preemia Läti filmiauhindade jagamisel. Läti esitas filmi poolt Oscarile, samuti osales film PÖFFi põhivõistlusprogrammis. Kairishi viimane dokfilm „Pelikan kõrbes“ (2014) pälvis auhindu olulistel dokumentaalfilmide festivalidel, sh Visions du Reel Nyonis. „Sildimaalija“ on režissööri teine mängufilm.

Filmograafia Pa celam aizejot (Leaving by the Way, 2002), Romeo un Dzuljeta (2004, doc), Tumsie briezi (The Dark Deer, 2006), Loengrins no varka kru (2009, doc), Pelikans tuksnesi (Pelikan kõrbes, 2014, doc), The Invisible City (2014, doc), Melanijas hronika (Melanija kroonikad, PÖFF 2016), Pilsata pi upis (Sildimaalija, PÖFF 2020), January (2022)

Award for Best Baltic Film, grant of 5000 € from

Screenings

9th Hall Apollo Kino Coca-Cola Plaza
Screening080702 / Jaanuar
SubtitlesEnglish
Q&A guestsViesturs Kairish (Film Director), Kārlis Arnolds Avots (Actor), Alise Dzene (Actress), Gints Grube
Q&A duration
Screening duration
Hall Electric Cinema, Tartu
Screening092203 / Jaanuar
SubtitlesEnglish
Screening duration
Hall 1 Kino Artis
Screening101501 / Jaanuar
SubtitlesEnglish
Screening duration
Trailer
Q&A with the filmmaker