Latvian premiere for horror movie filmed at Cesvaine Palace

The “Apollo Kino” movie theater will feature the Latvian premiere of British-born Parisian Director Andrew Desmond's fantasy thriller “The Sonata” on October 31. The movie is a French, English, Russian and Latvian co-production filmed completely in Latvia, mostly at Cesvaine Palace, which exerts an atmospheric influence throughout the movie.

The movie roles include several world-renowned actors, including legendary Dutch actor Rutger Hauer, who passed away this summer.

Several Latvian artists were involved in creating the visual image of the movie. The duo from the “Mareunrol’s” label created the costumes, and the cinematographer was Jānis Eglītis, who's efforts in this film earned him a “Lielais Kristaps” award nomination.

Although the movie is set in France and England, it's completely filmed in Latvia, primarily in Cesvaine and Rīga. Both the exterior and interior of the Cesvaine Palace was transformed into a mysterious French chateau.

Latvian Producers Alise Ģelze and Aija Bērziņa describe the Cesvaine Palace as a completely unique location, which attracts moviemakers from various other countries.

“It's completely authentic, and it has a special aura. Much of the original details have been preserved. In the movie Cesvaine Palace is completely recognisable.

Along with this project, many other projects have been filmed there,” explain the producers.

The movie is Director Andrew Desmond's debut feature film, but the genre is a deliberate choice, he admitted to the “Red Carpet News” TV channel:

“Mundane and grounded stories bore me. I respect movies that physically grab you by the hand and pull you into another world.

Horror movies and science fiction are my favorite genres, because they shine a light on the truth and sharpen your emotions, if I can say that. In these genres you can freely play with the sound, music, framing and crazy filming locations.”

The world premiere was about two months ago, but the Latvian premiere will be on October 31 at the “Apollo Kino” movie theatre.

Those looking for some additional cinematic horror can look no further than the “Splendid Palace” movie theatre Horror Night, also on October 31. The German movie “The Golden Glove” directed by Fatih Akin about a serial killer in Hamburg will be screened at 18:00, while “Dogs Don't Wear Pants” by Finnish filmmaker J-P Valkeapää offers some comedic relief as an “absurd dramedy” at 20:30. The night will also include the French psychological drama and thriller “Who You Think I Am” at 20:15.

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