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Baltic Pearl film festival coming October

The international film festival "Baltic Pearl" this year will take place October 7 to 12 at the cinema Splendid Palace, organizers said in a news release August 19.

Normally taking place in September, the pandemic has pushed the festival back a little - but, as organizers said, "Films will always be shown on big screen. People go to cinema not to experience the sound, resolution or seating but to share experience with those nearby. (..) Our festival is a meeting of such people, overtaken by special feelings."

The festival this year will show 16 films suited to every taste: both classics and new films.

To comply with safety measures, Splendid Palace has cut down the seat numbers; also, tickets to the festival will only come in sets of two, three or four. This is necessary to keep the prices down, organizers said.

Festival was established in 1993 and is considered to be the the oldest film festivals in the Baltic States and most important cinema event in Latvia.

Baltic Pearl has earned its high reputation by screening latest releases of independent films, classics of world cinema, and retrospectives of the great filmmakers. Films for the program are carefully selected out of highly rated festivals and most of them have been awarded prizes by the audience, film professionals and film critics.

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