The international film festival Arsenals has been a fixture on the Riga scene for the last 20 years. It has introduced new film aesthetic and was one of the only creatively free events in Soviet times. Over the years the festival has influenced culture and society in Eastern Europe, continually dazzling us with its creative craziness. The film is a portrait of director Augusts Sukuts, the father of Arsenals and the trusty knight of surrealism.
A film about the romantic days past of railway stations, as seen through the eyes of an old engine conductor and a cashier in one of the forgotten railway stations that trains only pass by. It's a lonely world, full of memories and railway ambience. A story without words, but with music, sounds of the railroad and unrealized journeys that make their lives endurable.
My World - Paris, London, Berlin, Rome
When uncle Elmar milks a cow, his brother gathers honey and both of them are making lime-tree blossom tea, then it’s in Rome. In Berlin they are making moonshine and the doctor visits the boar regularly. But in the neighborhood in London farmers, dressed up finely, are going to a party in the palace by their own tractor. About 1850 baron Wulf gave farmer houses the names of world cities. In 2002 inhabitants of the village opened their own center of Europe. A documentary about daily life and festivities in Latvian countryside.
The House of Passion
Film shows five pensioners work as night watches in museum, that has become their dream world. There they remember the life lived.
Filmessay on an underground city in Moscow.
TV theatre-film. Fantasy on circus theme.
A film about Vera Mukhina (1889 – 1953) based on the diaries of the outstanding Riga-born sculptress who studied in Paris with Rodin´s pupil Bourdelle, the master of European sculpture. At the 1937 Paris World Exposition, Mukhina presented her monumental sculptural ensemble „Worker and Peasant Woman“. Weighing 75 tons and 53 metres high, it becomes a sensation. Mukhina truly believes in human ideas, and this is successfully used by the USSR propaganda machine.