Baltic Film Festival set in Canada

Latvian director Una Celma’s feature film Handful of Bullets is among movies to be screened during the 4th Baltic Film Festival Jan. 22-24 in Ottawa, Canada, the Canadian Film Institute has announced.

Celma has described the film as “a portrait of people from two different generations whose lives have been damaged by the transition from Communism to the free-market society.” Known in Latvian as Sauja ložu, the film was released in 2002. It stars Kristīne Nevarauska, Jānis Mūrnieks and Harijs Spanovskis.

Handful of Bullets is one of five Baltic films scheduled for the festival, which is hosted by the Canadian Film Institute. Celma’s 90-minute film will be presented at 7 p.m. Jan. 24 in the National Archives Auditorium, 395 Wellington St., Ottawa.

Other films scheduled are three Lithuanian shorts, Flight Over Lithuania, Sunday: The Gospel According to Liftman Albertas and The Last Car, which begin at 7 p.m. Jan. 22 in the National Archives Auditorium. Made in Estonia, a feature film by Estonian director Rando Pettai, is set for 7 p.m. Jan. 23, also in the National Archives Auditorium.

After the Ottawa festival, according to a press release from the Latvian Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the films will be shown in Toronto, Vancouver and Winnipeg.

Andris Straumanis is a special correspondent for and a co-founder of Latvians Online. From 2000–2012 he was editor of the website.

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