Coming-of-age drama Mellow Mud debuts in Berlin

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Mellow Mud (Latvian: Es esmu šeit), the debut feature film by Latvian director Renārs Vimba, was premiered on Sunday at the Berlin International Film Festival.

The coming-of-age drama is a story about a girl called Raja (Elina Vaska), living with her brother Robis (Andžejs Jānis Lilientāls).

They are cared for by their grandmother Olga as their father is missing and their mother has moved to England to find work. As their grandmother dies, they decide to bury her and find their mother.

The first reviews have been positive, with Hollywood Reporter praising the talented young leads and calling the film a "delicate drama about an often anguished time of life, all handled with sensitivity".

From closer to home, writer and journalist Kristīne Želve reported that the viewers in Berlin were thrilled in the screening. She praised the cast highly and noted the director's "organic feeling for the movies, the skill to pinpoint and reveal cinematographic, unfabricated situations".

The premiere was attended, among others, by the director, the leads, and the Latvian Culture Minister Dace Melbārde.

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