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.
All 8 Films $52
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