All-time favorite Latvian movie now on DVD

One of the most popular Latvian films of all time has finally been released on DVD. A Midsummer time tradition, Limuzīns Jāņu nakts krāsā (A Limousine the Colour of Midsummer’s Eve), directed by Jānis Streičs and originally released in 1981, the film is considered to be among the best Soviet era Latvian films.

The comedy revolves around scheming family members, who, upon hearing their elderly relative in the countryside has won a new car in the lottery (a major and rare event in those days), all descend upon her homestead (after virtually ignoring her in the past) to flatter her with the hopes of inheriting the car when she passes on.

Featuring many well-known Latvian actors such as Lilita Bērziņa, Olga Dreģe, Uldis Dumpis, Gundars Āboliņš, and Romualds Ancāns, the film also features songs by Raimonds Pauls, including hits like ‘Valodzīte’ and ‘Muļķe sirds’.

The PAL DVD, released by SIA Kinoklubs, can be played in all regions and provides both English and Russian subtitles for the film. There are also bonus materials, including Filma kā dziesma, a new documentary on the making of the film, as well as PSRS Tautas skatuves māksliniece Lilita Bērziņa, a 1969 profile of the actress, as well as a photo gallery from the making of the film.

For further information on the DVD, as well as other recently released Latvian films, please visit


Egils Kaljo is an American-born Latvian from the New York area . Kaljo began listening to Latvian music as soon as he was able to put a record on a record player, and still has old Bellacord 78 rpm records lying around somewhere.

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