International premiere

The Taste of Water

Local title
Vee maitse
Original title
Ūdens garša
Director
Matīss Kaža
Country
Latvia
Year
2022
Programme
Baltic Film Competition
Genre
comedy, psychological drama, science fiction
Subject
Society, mysticism

A surprising marvel from independent Latvian cinema! Shot in one uninterrupted take, this tempting, innovative, candid and edgy black comedy engages from its very beginning. It is impossible to predict what to expect or to realise where the truth is hidden among the double and triple faced manipulators. Improvisations by the acting team led by Andris Keiss (“Loveless” by Andrey Zvyagintsev, “Dawn” by Laila Pakalnina, also a supporting role in “Lovable”) are minimal because they have been meticulously calculated and rehearsed to match the choreography second for second.

Probably the most active and workaholic Latvian director Mattis Kaža (4th feature film; 2nd only this year after “Neon Spring”) continues to experiment with genres, shapes and styles. This ambitious minimalist gem convincingly blends cinema and theatre with surreal, delusional, vivid and even crazy twists.

The action takes place at two major locations, connected by a wild ride on the streets of Riga. We get no clues as to how much fantasy is involved in the scandalous activities of the sect-like secret organisation the aim of which is to make people use only fresh water. A rebellious daughter of an investigative journalist takes risks to expose the real identity of the cruellest and greediest spiritual influencer, nicknamed as Master.

Edvinas Pukšta

Director
Matīss Kaža
Screenwriter
Alise Danovska, Vilis Daudzins, Matīss Kaža
Cast
Vilis Daudziņš, Iveta Pole, Andris Keišs, Jānis Skutelis, Alise Dzene, Gerds Lapoška
Producer
Matīss Kaža, Dace Siatkovska
DoP
Aleksandrs Grebnevs
Cinematographer
Aleksandrs Grebņevs
Production designer
Kaspars Kauliņš
Composer
Kaspars Kurdeko
Sound
Aleksandrs Vaicahovskis
Production
Deep Sea Studios LV
Runtime
Language
Latvian, Russian
Subtitles
English
Director
Matīss Kaža

Matīss Kaža (1995) graduated from NYU's Tisch School of the Arts with a BFA in Film & Television. Despite his young age, Matīss has already produced and directed two feature-length documentaries, including the award-winning One Ticket Please (2017) and The Wanderers (2020), as well as three feature-length narrative films, two of which are set for a release in 2021. As a director, Matīss is constantly looking for new forms, while staying true to his search for truth through art and his ironic and bitter-sweet cinematic tone.

One Ticket Please (2017, doc), Klejotaji (The Wanderers, doc, 2020), Kino un mes (At the Movies, 2020), Wild East (2021), Neon Spring (2022), Ūdens garša (The Taste of Water, 2022)

Award for Best Baltic Film, grant of 5000 € from

Screenings

9th Hall Apollo Kino Coca-Cola Plaza
Screening110702 / Vee maitse
SubtitlesEnglish
Q&A guestsMatiss Kaza (Producer, Film Director), Jānis Skutelis (Actor), Aleksandrs Grebņev (Cinematographer)
Q&A duration
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4th Lux Hall Apollo Kino Coca-Cola Plaza
Screening140303 / Vee maitse
SubtitlesEnglish
Screening duration
Hall 2 Kino Artis
Screening171602 / Vee maitse
SubtitlesEnglish
Screening duration
Trailer
Q&A with the filmmaker