Eclectic collection demonstrates Baltic cinema has a wealth of talent awaiting discovery.
A new platform to view the latest films from Estonia, Latvia, and Lithuania, Baltic View launched with a free-to-view showcase selection of shorts. In the ever crowded online marketplace, new content needs to be distinctive to stand apart from the rest of the crowd and hook an audience. Does Baltic View’s collection demonstrate freshness and originality? The answer is a resounding yes.
Delivering 25 films in time for Christmas the collection was more offbeat than Call the Midwife‘s festive special and had more to say about the human condition than ITV’s turkey Maigret. Still available to watch, the films are grouped into four collections: Baltic Party Time, Animation for Thought, Our Baltic Obsessions, and Family & Children’s Films.
At last year’s Nordic-Baltic Film Festival Mother demonstrated that Baltic Noir might be the next big thing. Overlooked for too long, Baltic cinema is on the verge of a breakout moment. If you are looking for an ideal place to start your journey into the vibrant and often experimental filmmaking from Estonia, Latvia, and Lithuania sign up for Baltic View. Not just a one-off film festival, further titles are going to be added to the portal in the coming days.
With so many hours of exciting stuff available where to start? Check out the delightful stop-motion animated film No Routine. Director Jurate Samulionyte’s fifteen-minute film is a Latvian The Red Balloon but made for adults.
Ivars Zviedris documentary Man Who Plays is a screen poem which plays out like a distant cousin of the British Documentary Movement’s pioneering work. It is guaranteed to reawaken your inner child.
Marija Kavtaradze’s I’m Twenty Something marks her out as a talent to watch. A comedy by and about twenty-somethings. Expect great things when the director graduates to feature film production.
If you want to see the short films send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org to register your interest.
Live screenings and events are planned for 2017.
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