The End Game
A former actor is fascinated by an idea. He meets a scientist, a speech therapist, and a juggler and convinces them to stage Endgame by Samuel Beckett. They believe that Beckett’s play about four people trapped in a world that is about to collapse describes the situation they find themselves in. Protagonists’ everyday life intervenes with poetic shots made by one of them and quotes from Beckett’s Endgame in the film about life as theatre and theatre as life.
Escaping Riga is a cinematic journey, a docu-fiction trying to find answers to the question how the history of the 20th century has influenced people from the same place to lose their childhood illusions of comfort and become totally disillusioned. The main characters of the film are two world-class 20th century geniuses, the British philosopher Sir Isaiah Berlin and the Russian film director Sergei Eisenstein who were born in the city of Riga around a hundred years ago. Blending small everyday episodes of the lives of the two personalities and narrated by the director, the film is a personal interpretation of their life stories in the time period from their first meeting at the beginning of the 20th century to their second and last meeting after two world wars in 1945.
My Six Million Dollar Father
A self-made banker achieves success during the first years after the collapse of the USSR, but is then forced to flee the country in order to escape an arrest for illegal operations. Sought by the Interpol for more than 15 years, he gives a hint of his existence in a mental asylum in Kuala Lumpur...a film about a man who loses himself in times of change.
Graduate of the Baltic Film and Media School (MA in Film Arts) Līga Gaisa is a producer, director and editor, working both with documentaries and fiction. Liga has participated in several international film project and script development workshops and master classes like Ex-Oriente Films, ESoDoc, Four Corners a.o. Currently, she directs and produces her first feature length documentary Spēle ar beigām / The End Game (Labvakar / Mistrus Media), as well as produces several feature length documentaries and a musical.
Tēvs / The Father – producer (in development, creative documentary, 50’/70’, dir. Ieva Ozoliņa, Mistrus Media), Filma / The Film – producer (in production, fiction, 40’, dir. Ivo Briedis, Mistrus Media), Neaizmirstulītes / Forget-Me-Nots – creative producer (in development, fiction-musical, 90’, dir. Liina Paakspuu, Locomotive Productions), Escaping Riga – producer (in development, creative documentary, 50’/70’, dir. Dāvis Sīmanis, Mistrus Media), Spēle ar beigām / The End Game – director/producer (in postproduction, creative documentary, 52’, Labvakar/ Mistrus Media), Dzimis Rīgā / Born in Riga – producer (documentary, 32’, dir. Dāvis Sīmanis, Mistrus Media, 2010), Pasaules skaņa / Sounds Under the Sun – distribution manager (creative documentary, 62’, dir. Dāvis Sīmanis & Gints Grūbe, Mistrus Media, 2010), Valkyrie Limited – line producer (creative documentary, 52’, dir. Dāvis Simanis, Locomotive Productions, 2009), Paukotājs / The Fencer – producer, editor (short, 16’, dir. Astra Zoldnere, Ego Media/BFM, 2009) - nominated for the best student film at the Latvian National Film Festival Lielais Kristaps 2009, Pa piena ceļu / Along the Milk Road – director, producer, editor (documentary 8’, BFM, 2007)
Šmerļa Str. 3
Blaumana Str. 11/13-12
East European Forum - 2012