'Oļegs' triumphs at Latvia's annual film awards

Latvia's major annual film award ceremony took place on the evening of November 12, rewarding movie-makers for what by comment consent has been one of the most productive and creative years in Latvian film history.

Prizes were awarded in 24 categories with the gritty drama Oļegs by director Juris Kursietis among the big winners, being named the best full-length feature film of the year. 

Best full-length documentary was Russian director Vitaly Mansky's Putin's Witnesses, which was a Latvian co-production.

Best animation went to Away, by director Gints Zilbalodis, which has already scooped an impressive list of international awards and is even in the running for an Academy Award, as previously reported by LSM.

Jānis Ābele was named best director for his work on Jelgava ’94.

There were also several awards for LTV's centenary drama series The Red Forest, among them the award for best TV film or serial.

The full list of winners is available at the awards website.

The glitzy award ceremony at the historic Splendid Palace cinema in the heart of Rīga was broadcast by LTV and can be watched below.

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