Directed by Kristīne Briede and Audrius Stonys • 2018 • Latvia/Lithuania
Acclaimed documentarians Kristīne Briede and Audrius Stonys honour their cinematic heritage in this meditative essay film about the “poetic documentary” school that came to define Baltic filmmaking. Emerging in the Soviet 1960s, auteurs like Uldis Brauns, Robertas Verba, and Henrikas Šablevičius rejected the propagandistic demands of the state in favour of a lyrical, allegorical approach to human life and nature. Briede and Stonys travel across Latvia, Lithuania, and Estonia, weaving between archival footage, interviews with surviving filmmakers, and original material. This poetic approach to documentary mirrors that of their subjects, questioning the role of memory in cinema and asking what it means to be a nonfiction filmmaker in the post-ideological age.
BRIDGES OF TIME • LAIKO TILTAI
Directed by Kristīne Briede and Audrius Stonys
Cinematography by Valdis Celmiņš, Audrius Kamežys, Josep Matjus, Jānis Šēnbergs, Laisvūnas Karvelis
Music by Giedrius Puskunigis
Featuring: Uldis Brauns, Hertz Frank, Ivars Seleckis, Robertas Verba, Henrikas Šablevičius
In Latvian, Lithuanian, and Estonian with English subtitles