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Program

PÖFF
Baltic Film Competition

Genres

Drama, Music, Based on a Book, Adventure
International Premiere

Jelgava ’94

Jelgava '94
Jelgava '94
Director: Janis Abele
Country: Latvia
Year: 2019
Film duration: 01:28
Language: Latvian
Producer: Antra Cilinska
Screenwriter: Matīss Gricmanis
DoP: Aigars Sērmukšs
Cast: Bruno Bitenieks, Alekss Taurins, Endijs Zuks, Elizabete Zviedre
Production: Juris Podnieks Studio
Scholarship of 3200 euros

Synopsis

Universal coming-of-age drama about many first times in newly independent country is precisely recreated and believably casted. Latvian teenagers rebel to experience and taste everything what freedom has to offer. Kurt Cobain’s suicide inspire to listen “Nirvana” and throw away “Ace of Base” posters. Parents are shocked to hear heavy metal and freaky underground stuff just around the corner. Janis is fourteen and can’t stay calm on turbulent streets of Jelgava in a company of rude friends. He accepts the challenge to chase charming sweetheart Kristine, who of course has more suitors.

J. Abele’s sophomore feature is based on bestseller written by J. Jonevs and nostalgically jumps back to past with older alter ego, who isn’t eager to repeat same errors in the flashbacks.

Edvinas Pukšta

Director

Director's filmography: 7 Miljardi Gadu Pirms Pasaules Gala (2018), Jelgava '94 (2019)
  • Janis Abele

    Sat, November 23, 2019


    16:45


    Coca-Cola Plaza, Saal 8, Tallinn

    Screening code: 090501
    Subtitles: English
    Q&A guests: Antra Cilinska, Janis Abele, Aigars Sērmukšs, Andris Grants, Ernests Ansons, Matiss Gricmanis, Bruno Bitenieks, Elizabete Zviedre, Endijs Zuks
    Screening duration: 01:48
    Language: Latvian

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