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Latvian Film Club: Kurts Fridrihsons

  • Embassy of Latvia to the USA 2306 Massachusetts Avenue Northwest Washington, DC, 20008 United States (map)

Embassy of Latvia, in partnership with the National Film Center of Latvia, presents the Latvian Film Club - film series from June 2019 to May 2020. Most active movie goers will receive prizes in May 2020. Registration required via Eventbrite (free tickets).

The significance of Kurts Fridrihsons reaches beyond the importance of his art, because during the Soviet period there were not many personalities refusing to comply with the regime while at the same time being outstanding artists. The charm and lightness that Fridrihsons preserved from pre-war civilized Europe and the free, lost Latvia was a harsh contrast to the realities of Soviet life. He was a model and inspiration for many people whose spiritual world refused to accept the existing system. The greater the distance between Fridrihsons’ lifetime and the present day, the more diversely and clearly we see the aloof and exceptional power of his personality. Unlike the thousands of people who excuse themselves today for collaborating with the system with phrases like “Such were the times!”, thus justifying their non-resistance and compliance and their role as little bolts in the system, Fridrihsons – the loner and an example for a different option – is existentially important.

Scriptwriter: Gundega Repše
Cinematographer: Viktors Gribermans
Composer: Gustavs Fridrihsons
Editor: Armands Zvirbulis
Producer: Dzintra Geka

Production Company: Sibīrijas Bērni
Supported by: National Film Centre of Latvia