The Year Before the War (Gads pirms kara), dir. Dāvis Sīmanis, Latvia/Czech Republic/Lithuania, 95’, 2021

The film is like a stylization of silent cinema, connecting political and philosophical extremes of 1913 in a story of a young man participating at the creation of a new world. A mysterious adventurer, who was known as Peter the Lett, gets involved in a tragicomic and surreal race from a routine clerk job and a romantic passion in Riga to preparation of a world revolution in Vienna, psychoanalysis at Freud’s saloon and seduction of Mata Hari in Paris.

The Year Before the War

International Premiere February 2021, Internationa Film Festival Rotterdam (the Netherlands)

Scriptwriters Dāvis Sīmanis, Uldis Tīrons, Tabita Rudzāte
Cinematographer Andrejs Rudzāts
Production Designer Kristīne Jurjāne
Original music Faustas Latenas
Producer Roberts Vinovskis
Production Company Studio Locomotive
In Co-production with Produkce Radim Prochazka (Czech Republic), Studio Uljana Kim (Lithuania)

Production Company
Studio Locomotive
Bruņinieku street 28–57, Rīga LV1011, Latvia
Phone: +371 2929 8667

Supported by
National Film Centre of Latvia