Baltic Event Works in Progress

Life Interrupted

Country
Latvia, Lithuania
Genre
Project Status
Post-production
Synopsis

Alicija (33), a Polish-born liberal free-thinker, joins the Awakening movement. Her newlywed husband Ilgvars (53), a man with the experience of another generation, calls her to be more careful and cautious.

With the support of a close friend, the poet Normunds (40), Alicija soon comes to the forefront of the Singing Revolution. However, alongside the first success, difficulties appear - Alicija receives an anonymous letter accusing Ilgvars of being a former KGB informant. His ambiguous answer leads to her wanting to find out the truth.

Realizing that her husband's actions in the KGB have affected the fate of her close friend, Alicija faces an unenviable choice. Torn by internal contradictions, she continues her work to restore the country’s independence, unable to find courage to resolve the situation. Alicija buries herself in her work and the emotional connection with her husband gradually fades away. The regime she is fighting so fervently has suddenly touched her so personally.

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Directors bio
Ilze Kunga-Melgaile is a first time Latvian director. After graduating from St. Petersburg State University of Cinema in 2004, Ilze has directed various short films, such as RENDEZ-VOUS (2005), PINE TREE CHILDREN (2005), SPIRAL (2007) and THE SIGNS OF LIGHT (2010). The latter won the main prize in the section New Baltic Cinema at Scanorama/ European Film Forum.
LIFE INTERRUPTED will be her first feature.

FILMOGRAPHY:

Life Interrupted (work in progress) (2023, 100min, feature film)

A Different Kind of Aloizs Brenčs (2021, 57min, documentary)

The Legends of Latvian Volleyball (2019, 74min, documentary)

Music- My Credo (2018, 1h20min, documentary)

Brothers Varslavans (2013, 47min, documentary)

The Signs of Light (2010, 17min)

What I Want to Become (2001, Video 8, 8 min.)

Meeting (2002, MDV, 9 min.)

Rendez-vous (2005, MDV, 15 min.)

Pine Tree Children (2005, MDV, 27 min.)

Producers bio
Aija Berzina is owner and producer at Tasse Film. She has been active in film industry since 2003 and has worked with many national and international crews as first assistant director and later - production manager and line producer. Since 2011 she has been active as film producer and in 2012 she produced feature documentary “Documentarian”, which was premiered in DOK Leipzig and received Best film award in Latvia. In 2011 she established her own company Tasse Film. Since 2013 Aija heads the Producers Association of Latvia and in 2015 was elected as the chairman of Film Council at the Ministry of Culture. In 2014 Aija established Riga International Film Festival. Aija is a graduate of EAVE Producers Workshop 2015 and Producers on the move 2018.

Producers 2 bio
Lithuanian film producer Marija Razgutė has been running a film production company M-Films since 2008. Meanwhile she has produced 4 feature films as a major producer and 3 as minority, as well as 9 short films (fiction, documentary and animation).
At the moment Marija has just released the second feature film by Andrius Blaževičius Runner where the main actress Žygimantė Elena Jakštaitė has been selected to the Shooting Stars 2021. The latest production Nova Lituania by Karolis Kaupinis premiered at Karlovy Vary IFF 2019, East of the West program, Summer Survivors by Marija Kavtaradze premiered at Toronto IFF 2018, Discovery program, The Saint by Andrius Blaževičius premiered at Busan IFF 2016 and Warsaw IFF competition programs. All the latest three feature films awarded at the Best Film category by Lithuanian Film Awards in the years 2020, 2019 and 2017

Original title
Dzīve pārtraukta
Budget
1079163 €
Financed
933552 €
Director
Ilze Kunga-Melgaile
Screenwriter
Anna Kalniņa
Producer
Aija Bērziņa, Marija Razgutė
Contact name
Elina Losa
Contact email
elina@tasse.lv
Producer
Aija Bērziņa

Aija Berzina has graduated European Film College in Ebeltoft, Denmark, and the Latvian Academy of Culture in Riga. Her first film as producer was the daring documentary by Ivars Zviedris – Documentarian (VFS Films, 2012) which was awarded Latvia’s national award for the best film and premiered at Dok Leipzig. Her next – and the first from her company TASSE FILM – Renars Vimba feature fiction Mellow Mud (2016). Premiered at the Berlinale, it won a Crystal Bear for best film in the Generation 14plus program. Her latest productions include titles like Oleg by Juris Kursietis and Finnish co-production Dogs don’t wear pants both selected for Quinzaine, Cannes 2019. Since 2014 Aija is also first chair of the Film Council in Latvia, and since 2013 – president of the Film Producers Association of Latvia. In 2014 Aija founded the Riga International Film Festival.