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Keep Smiling, Mom!

Country
Latvia
Genre
road film, Dramedy
Project Status
Post-production
Synopsis

Three sisters, dead broke and disconnected from each other, travel around Europe with their mother’s corpse on top of their van, trying to minimize transportation costs. The idea is to get her home, legally or not. The trio has to talk, reminisce, and maybe even admit that underneath their fantasies of perfection — these are women in a desperate search for freedom.

Directors note

Director:
Elza Gauja graduated from the Latvian Academy of Culture as a film director, later studied acting and currently is doing her master studies in film directing. Elza has starred in theatrical performances and has won the Best Actress award at the Performing Arts Festival Autumn of the Patriarch. She also performs in feature films and was nominated for the Latvian Film Prize Lielais Kristaps as the Best Actress. Elza is currently finishing her two debut feature films: the documentary Dream Isle. A Requiem and her feature dramedy Keep Smiling, Mom!.

Production company and producer:
After completing his screenwriting studies at the Latvian Academy of Culture, Andris Gauja has produced, written, and directed both documentaries (including the award-winning Family Instinct, (2010) and narrative films (Keep Smiling, Mom! (coming in 2022), Nothing Can Stop Us Now (2019), The Lesson (2014). Riverbed is a full-service film production company focused on auteur-driven narrative storytelling with a strong emphasis on powerful imagery. We believe in challenging our limits, not limiting our challenges.

Original title
Mamma vēl smaida
Budget
151000 €
Financed
151000 €
Looking for
festivals, sales, distribution, broadcasters
Episode duration
95
Director
Elza Gauja
Screenwriter
Elza Gauja, Rasa Bugavičute-Pēce, Anta Aizupe, Baiba Broka, Daiga Kažociņa
Cast
Anta Aizupe, Baiba Broka, Daiga Kažociņa, Matīss Budovskis, Jānis Skutelis
Producer
Andris Gauja, Elza Gauja, Marta Bite
Cinematographer
Aleksandrs Grebņevs
Production
Riverbed
Contact name
Andris Gauja
Contact email
gauja@riverbed.lv
Contact web
http://riverbed.lv/
Contact address
Stabu St. 73 - k-2 - 16, Riga, LV-1009, Latvia