The Sign Painter

Tues, March 9, 4 pm—Thurs, March 11, 9 pm


Latvia 2020 | Drama | 1h 58m

Directed by Viesturs Kairišs


Acclaimed Latvian opera, stage, and film director Viestur Kairish presents the tragicomic story of Ansis, an easygoing sign painter with artistic ambitions. It is the 1940s, and Nazism is rising across Europe. Ansis is in love with a Jewish girl, Zisele, but his father forbids their relationship. A welcome distraction comes in the form of Naiga, a Christian girl, and Ansis unwittingly finds himself in a love triangle. Meanwhile, he is starting to understand that his job is not as simple as he’d assumed. The inculcated anti-Semitism becomes evident as his village navigates their fragile and sometimes hostile relationship with their Jewish neighbors. Jews that he knows are being deported. Suddenly the imagery and colors that he paints reflect the changing politics of his country. 

Festival Pass

All 8 Films $52

Only Film Festival Series Tickets are Available to the Public

Axelrod Performing Arts Center
100 Grant Avenue, Deal Park, NJ 07723
732-531-9106 Box Office


The Axelrod Performing Arts Center is completely wheelchair accessible and provides a variety of assistive services upon request. In addition to Large Print Programs and hearing assistive devices at all performances, scheduled sign language interpreting, audio description, and sensory seminars are available at certain performances and upon request.

Contact the box office directly at 732-531-9106, ext. 14.

This program is made possible in part by funds from the New Jersey State Council on the Arts