Ring of Fire (Uguns aplis), dir. Signe Birkova, 68’, Latvia, 2021

Four actors, unwanted by any of the national theatres in Riga, establish their own independent theatre troupe "Quadrifron", setting up a stage in the stables of the legendary Riga Circus. They change their lives and confront the circus building’s darkly ambiguous legacy of animal performance. Combining 16 mm film and analogue Betacam formats, the film documents the creativity exuding from the four actors as they put together performances and compose songs. It captures their strength and exhaustion, the things they hide and their desperate attempts to live authentic and creative lives. Famous clown Slava Polunin also illuminated the “Ring of Fire" with his presence. For him, the concept of happiness and creativity is one and the same.

Ring of Fire

National Premiere October 16, 2021 Riga IFF

Scriptwriter Signe Birkova
Cinematographer Dāvids Smiltiņš
Editor Andris Grants
Sound Designer & Composer Edvards Broders
Animation Artist Ģirts Korps
Main Cast Ance Strazda, Reinis Boters, Klāvs Mellis, Āris Matesovičs and Slava Polunin
Executive Producer Agne Skane
Producer Uldis Cekulis
Production Company VFS Films

Supported by
National Film Centre of Latvia

VFS Films 
Producer Uldis Cekulis 
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