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Synopsis

A family film based on the book „Bille” by Vizma Belševica. This is a sorrowful but life-affirming and witty story, full of hope. It shows the process of maturing of a child and her attempts to come to terms with the world in late 1930s Latvia. Bille lives in a world where the poor have their streets and the rich have theirs. She has learned to cope with poverty but is deprived of her mother’s love; relatives take care of Bille but keep reminding her regularly that she is a good-for-nothing who won’t achieve much in her life… This hurts Bille, but the girl has a dream – to prove herself and break loose from the bondage of feeling inferior.
Bille’s personal growth passes through complex and tragic stages of Latvian history. The actual Bille – Belševica herself – managed to find her way in life. Dreams can come true.

Director
Inara Kolmane

(b. 1961) is one of the most recognized film directors in Latvia. In 1994 she accomplished her studies at St. Petersburg Institute of Theatre, Music and Cinematography in the Faculty of Directors. Today she shifts film production company „Devini” to a new level by developing documentaries and feature films which have already gained an international interest. Her debut feature „Mona” (2012) was screened at PÖFF programme.

Filmography
  • Vijaya (doc, 2005)
  • Pretruniga vesture (2010)
  • Mona (PÖFF 2012)
  • Ruch and Norie (doc, 2015)
  • Bille (2018)
Tue, 27.11.2018
5:30 pm
Tallinn, 
Coca-Cola Plaza
Hall 5
120506
Subtitles: 
ENG
Screening code: 120506
Movie guests
Producer Marta Romanova-Jekabsone, Director  Inara Kolmane, Producer  Janis Juhnevics
Wed, 28.11.2018
5:00 pm
Tallinn, 
Kino Artis
Hall 1
131406
Subtitles: 
ENG
Screening code: 131406
Screenings with guests might end later than expected.
Film info
Countries: Latvia, Lithuania, Czech Republic
Year: 2018
Duration: 100 minutes
Language: Latvian
Director: Inara Kolmane
Producers: Janis Juhnevics, Marta Romanova
Co-producer: MASTERFILM
Writers: Evita Sniedze, Arvis Kolmanis
DOP: Jurģis Kmins
Montage: Michal Lánsky, Anna Ryndová
Composer: Peteris Vasks
Cast: Ruta Kronberga, Elina Vane, Arturs Skrastinš, Guna Zarina
Production: Film Studio Deviņi
Synopsis

A family film based on the book „Bille” by Vizma Belševica. This is a sorrowful but life-affirming and witty story, full of hope. It shows the process of maturing of a child and her attempts to come to terms with the world in late 1930s Latvia. Bille lives in a world where the poor have their streets and the rich have theirs. She has learned to cope with poverty but is deprived of her mother’s love; relatives take care of Bille but keep reminding her regularly that she is a good-for-nothing who won’t achieve much in her life… This hurts Bille, but the girl has a dream – to prove herself and break loose from the bondage of feeling inferior.
Bille’s personal growth passes through complex and tragic stages of Latvian history. The actual Bille – Belševica herself – managed to find her way in life. Dreams can come true.

Director
Inara Kolmane

(b. 1961) is one of the most recognized film directors in Latvia. In 1994 she accomplished her studies at St. Petersburg Institute of Theatre, Music and Cinematography in the Faculty of Directors. Today she shifts film production company „Devini” to a new level by developing documentaries and feature films which have already gained an international interest. Her debut feature „Mona” (2012) was screened at PÖFF programme.

Filmography
  • Vijaya (doc, 2005)
  • Pretruniga vesture (2010)
  • Mona (PÖFF 2012)
  • Ruch and Norie (doc, 2015)
  • Bille (2018)