International premiere

My Freedom

Local title
Minu vabadus
Original title
Mana Brīvība
Director
Ilze Kunga-Melgaile
Country
Latvia
Year
2023
Festival
27th Black Nights Film Festival
Programme
Baltic Film Competition
Genre
drama, historical drama
Subject
love, history, women, activism, politics, jealousy, based on a true story

There is something beautiful in every person. You have curly hair and a heart! Sensuously fictionalised Latvian candidate for Oscar, this historical drama continues to portray the National Awakening to regain Independence. One of the lesser-known leaders was Ita Kozakeviča, who was democratically elected to the Supreme Council in 1990.

We follow her painstakingly restored tragic life story as activist Alicija, who represents the Polish society in Latvia trying to maintain the culture and language of various ethnic groups. Alicija becomes a major target of KGB surveillance. The cheerful optimist feels ready to counter any provocations but faces an unimaginable challenge to protect her love in outbursts of hatred in threatening letters and humiliating insults.

Edvinas Pukšta

Director
Ilze Kunga-Melgaile
Screenwriter
Anna Kalnina, Inga Rozentale
Cast
Erika Eglija-Gravele, Darius Meskauskas, Gints Gravelis, Ilze Kuzule-Skrastina
Producer
Aija Berzina
Co-producer
Marija Razgute
DoP
Maxim Efros
Editor
Silvija Vilkaite
Composer
Domas Strupinskas
Production
Tasse Film
Runtime
Language
Latvian
Subtitles
English
Director
Ilze Kunga-Melgaile

Ilze Kunga-Melgaile (1975) is a first time Latvian director. After graduating from St. Petersburg State University of Cinema in 2004, she has directed various short films, such as "Rendez-vous" (2005), "Pine Tree Children" (2005), "Spiral" (2007) and "The Signs of Light" (2010). "My Freedom" is her debut feature film which also participated in the PÖFF work in progress programme.

Filmography:
Mana Brīvība (My Freedom, 2023)

Award for Best Baltic Film, grant of 5000€ from Piletilevi

Screenings

9th Hall Apollo Kino Coca-Cola Plaza
Screening070903 / Minu vabadus
SubtitlesEnglish
Q&A guestsIlze Kunga-Melgaile (Director), Aija Berzina (Producer)
Q&A duration
Screening duration
Hall Athena Center, Tartu
Screening084102 / Minu vabadus
SubtitlesEnglish
Screening duration
Hall 1 Kino Artis
Screening102103 / Minu vabadus
SubtitlesEnglish
Screening duration
Trailer
PÖFF TV - Meet the Filmmakers