World Premiere for “Escaping Riga” in Amsterdam, Copenhagen

World Premiere for “Escaping Riga” in Amsterdam, Copenhagen
Kaspars Garda, Riga 2014 . “Escaping Riga” had its Latvian premiere in Riga on the 1st of April, 2014
Director Dāvis Sīmanis’ film “Escaping Riga” will have its world premiere at the international film festivals in Amsterdam and Copenhagen, according to the film’s producer Madara Kalniņa.

Film studio “Mistrus Media” production “Escaping Riga” (one of the events in the European Capital of Culture Programme “Riga 2014”), directed by Dāvis Sīmanis, has been included in the official programmes of the world’s largest international documentary film festival IDFA in Amsterdam and the CPH:DOX international documentary film festival in Copenhagen. The two festivals are major cultural events of global importance, with films selected from over than 2,000 best films shot during the past year.

Director Dāvis Sīmanis’ film “Escaping Riga” is based on true events, it tells the stories of two outstanding personalities of the 20th century – Sergei Eisenstein and Isaiah Berlin, who were both born and spent their childhood in Riga but soon had to leave the city. The film follows the lives of the two characters during the turbulent first half of the 20th century, telling how one of them becomes “the greatest film director of his generation” in the totalitarian Soviet Union, and the other “the greatest thinker of his generation” in liberal Great Britain.

The International Documentary Film Festival Amsterdam IDFA will run from November 19 to November 30; “Escaping Riga” will be screened as part of the festival’s official programme “Panorama”. The festival is one of the greatest and most important events in the international film industry. IDFA, first organised in 1988, presents the best documentary films from all over the world. Included in the official IDFA programme are films that are stylistically attractive, talk about the latest social developments, and carry emotional appeal; the films have to be of high quality in form and content. Dāvis Sīmanis’ film “Escaping Riga” has been included in the “Panorama” programme, which presents films from all over the world that are thought-provoking in their form and choice of theme.

The international documentary film festival CPH:DOX in Copenhagen has been held annually since 2003, and has by now evolved into one of the most important documentary film festivals in Europe, with almost 200 documentaries included in the festival’s programme. The festival has earned international acclaim, emphasising the relationship between film and contemporary art.

“Escaping Riga” will have its world premiere at the Copenhagen festival on the 9th and 14th of November.

“We are pleased that Dāvis Sīmanis’ film “Escaping Riga” will reach its global viewer at these two festivals, as inclusion in the festivals’ programmes serves as recognition of the filmmakers’ work. We have also signed a contract with “Taskovski Films” from Great Britain, one of the leading distributors of documentary and feature films in Europe, that will present “Escaping Riga” to other film festivals and foreign televisions, many of which had already inquired about the film before it was included in the Amsterdam and Copenhagen festivals’ programmes,” says film studio “Mistrus Media” producer Inese Boka-Grūbe.

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