Riga Film Museum to showcase Latvian classics

In the first half of 2016, the Riga Film Museum is showing a selection of Latvian classics and newer films important for the Latvian cinema in what's a unique chance to see Latvian movies subtitled in English.

The program has been going on for some time now, with Signe Baumane's "Rocks in my Pockets" already screened in February, however it will continue strongly with Leonīds Leimanis' classic "The Swamp Treader", based on a short novel by Rūdolfs Blaumanis, the Film Museum told the press.

The film, set in late 19th century Latvia, relates the tumultuous relationship of a coachman and a washerwoman’s daughter. 

According to the museum, Leimanis, one of the most spirited Latvian directors, spun the cautiously romantic relationships of the original novel into a drama of stormy passions and sparked heated discussion over the limits of liberties in cinematographic adaptations.

The chemistry between actors Vija Artmane and Uldis Pūcītis makes for one of the most powerful relationship seen in Latvian film. “The Swamp Treader” was one of the most popular flicks of its time, boasting more than 26 million viewers in the territory of the former USSR.

“The Swamp Treader” will be screened March 3 at the Riga Film Museum at 6.30pm. Entrance is free.

The complete program of the screenings is as follows:

4.02. “Rocks in my Pockets”, dir. Signe Baumane, 2014, Locomotive Studio

3.03. “The Swamp Treader”, dir. Leonīds Leimanis, 1966, Riga Film Studio

7.04.  “My Wealthy Mistress”, rež. Leonīds Leimanis, 1969, Riga Film Studio

5.05. “Lake Sonata”, dir. Gunārs Cilinskis, Varis Brasla, 1976, Riga Film Studio

2.06. “A Limousine the Colour of a Midsummer’s Eve”, dir. Jānis Streičs, 1981, Riga Film Studio

The museum is located at Peitavas street 10 (entrance from Alksnāja street).

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