Jelgava ’94

Jelgava ’94, dir. Jānis Ābele, 90′, Latvia, 2019

The story is based on the best seller by Jānis Joņevs set in the 1994 in the Latvian city of Jelgava. The film takes us deep inside the world of teenagers of that time: combining the intimate diary of a teenager Jānis trying to find himself by joining a subculture, as well as a skilful, detailed and almost documentary-like depiction of the beginnings of the second independence of Latvia. “Jelgava ’94” is a portrait of a generation in the 1990s who are searching for their own identity and are fans of alternative culture. This is a touching story about us as youngsters, when everybody is against the whole world and tries not to become “one of them”. But can one keep the promise?




National premiere September 17, 2019, city of Jelgava
International premiere November 23, Tallinn Black Nights Film Festival – PÖFF

Scriptwriter Matīss Gricmanis
Cinematographer Aigars Sērmukšs
Production Designer Aivars Žukovskis
Main Cast Bruno Bitenieks, Alekss Tauriņš, Endijs Žuks, Elizabete Zviedre, Alise Danovska, Sandris Broks, Ieva Puķe, Kaspars Gods, Māra Ķimele, Andris Keišs, Kaspars Aniņš, Jānis Jarāns, Ilze Pukinska, Elīna Vaska, Gļebs Beļikovs, Igors Nazarenko, Katrīna Puķe, Jānis Gorškovs, Mārcis Broks
Producer Antra Cilinska

Production Company
Juris Podnieks Studio
Citadeles iela 2, Rīga LV 1010, Latvija
Tel: +371 6721 6967

Supported by
National Film Centre of Latvia
Jelgava City Council