May 4 film marathon returns this year online and onsite

The 20th edition of the traditional Latvian Film Marathon on May 4, the day of Latvia's independence restoration, organized by the National Film Center (NKC) will return this year, organizers said.

For several years now, the marathon has been organised in two parallel formats - in person at the Splendid Palace cinema and worldwide online, on the portal.

Both formats are free of charge, and both programs this year focus on the fact that the first days of May mark the 20th anniversary of Latvia's admission to the European Union, the National Film Center said.

At the Splendid Palace cinema, the festive screenings will begin at 13:00 with ten animation shorts for children. Later, this year's documentary about the Latvian documentary filmmaker Juris Podnieks will be screened, as well as a premiere of a documentary about painter Juris Jurjāns and a selection of new authors' short films.

In the Small Hall of the Splendid Palace, two new feature films "Pastkarte no Romas/A Postcard from Rome" and "Melnais samts/Black Velvet" will be screened, as well as two documentaries, this year's film "Patrīcija" about the Latvian Olympic skier Patrīcija Eiduka and the 2008 documentary "Klucis. Nepareizais latvietis" about the 1930s artist Gustavs Klucis.

The evening will conclude with an open-air screening of Juris Podnieks' famous 1986 documentary "Vai viegli bū jaunam/Is It Easy To Be Young?".

The online film selection on will include several films related to Latvia's accession to the European Union as well as recently released feature films. The online film program will be available on May 4 worldwide. 

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