San Francisco Baltic Film Festival - March 23
Over the past couple of years the Baltic States have released a good number of various films, many of them festival award winners around the globe. With the national celebration of the centenary of the Baltic States, film industry in Latvia, Lithuania and Estonia received an additional boost by national grant programs fueling the production of even more high quality movies.
Responding to the ever-increasing interest in Baltic cinema by local Latvians, Lithuanians and Estonians, the idea to set up an event dedicated to Baltic films emerged. The goal of the Baltic Film Festival is to provide the Bay Area audiences (of Baltic or other roots) with a unique opportunity to enjoy some of the greatest and latest Baltic films.
In the first edition of the Baltic Film Festival, we're going to screen 6 movies* in 2 days (March 23 and April 13).
On March 23, Latvia is going to be represented by the boisterous criminal comedy in Guy Ritchie's style The Foundation of Criminal Excellence.
Estonia will touch the hearts with the poignant yet inspiring contemporary drama Take It or Leave It.
Lithuania will showcase a ground-breaking documentary that has conquered the world with 12 international awards Wonderful Losers: A Different World.
1:00PM Take It or Leave It (EST), 1h 42 min
3:30PM The Foundation of Criminal Excellence (LV), 2h 06 min
6:00PM Wonderful Losers: A Different World (LT), 1h 15 min
Take It or Leave It / Võta Või Jäta (2018)
Director: Liina Trishkina-Vanhatalo / Producer: Ivo Felt
Country of production: Estonia
What would you do if one day a newborn baby was put on your hands and told: take it or leave it?
The Foundation of Criminal Excellence / Kriminalas Ekselences Fonds (2018)
Director: Oskars Rupenheits /Producers: Juris Pilens, Oskars Rupenheits, Ugis Riekstins
Country of production: Latvia
Imants Veide is writing a script about con artists and their schemes. Together with his friend Harijs, he's testing them out on himself for more authenticity but gets too entangled in the real criminal world.
Wonderful Losers: A Different World / Nuostabieji Luzeriai. Kita planeta (2017)
Director: Arunas Matelis / Producers: Arunas Matelis, Algimante Mateliene
Countries of production: Lithuania/Latvia/Belgium/Italy/Switzerland
They're called water carriers, domestics, 'gregarios', 'Sancho Panzas' of professional cycling. Always at the back of the group, with no right for a personal victory. These wonderful losers are the true warriors of professional cycling.
Peleton Magazine once posted that Wonderful Losers. A Different World may well be the best bike racing documentary since Jorgen Leth's legendary Sunday In Hell. Review by Olivier Haralambon from L'EQUIPE views this film as more than a documentary about cyclists. It is an aesthetic pearl, the queen of gems, that elevates bicycle racing to the heights of martyrdom.
*All films will have English subtitles.
The Festival is organized by Northern California Latvian Association featuring Bay Area Estonian Society and San Francisco Lithuanian - American Community.
The event is going to take place at the Latvian Hall, 425 Hoffman Ave, San Francisco. Doors will be open 1 hour before the event, at 12PM. Please arrive early to make sure you have a (good) seat.
There are going to be light refreshments, coffee table and a bar, but you are free and recommended to bring your own food to share.
Everyone attending must have a ticket as the seating is limited at the Latvian Hall.
You can buy a day pass and see all 3 films, or you can choose a single film ticket. There is no entry fee for kids up to 18 yrs but they must have a ticket.
If you are a member of the Bay Area Latvian, Estonian or Lithuanian associations, you will receive a special discount code.
Latvian Hall (View)
425 Hoffman Ave
San Francisco, CA 94114
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