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FAIRYTALE ABOUT THE EMPTY SPACE

by Krista Burāne

synopsis

The protagonist of the documentary – the great Latvian stage designer Andris Freibergs creates and builds scenography for the show of his life, Freibergs. It is a self-portrait, a confession, and an opportunity to not only look into oneself but also penetrate oneself as a space and clear it. Along with the construction of the perfect empty space Freibergs sets up a retrospective exhibition of his life’s work at Bakhrushin State Central Theatre Museum in Moscow and prepares his students for the first important display of their work at Prague Quadrennial of Performance Design and Space, where he is honoured, proving that his work in scenography is a European and global-scale event. Exhibition of Freibergs’s life displays not only his artistic stage design but also events from his personal past told through animation. The present unfolds through a prism of Freibergs’ working environment and his students – the relationship between generations, between teacher and student, between father and son. Approaching the end of the road. The empty space. And hope for the future.

international title: Fairytale About The Empty Space
original title: Pasaka par tukšo telpu
country: Latvia
year: 2017
genre: documentary
directed by: Krista Burāne
film run: 70'
screenplay: Krista Burāne
cinematography by: Valdis Celmiņš, Jānis Šēnbergs
film editing: Krista Burāne
art director: Toms Burāns, Madara Burāne, Mārtiņš Rozenfelds
producer: Uldisb Cekulis, Agne Skane
production: VFS Films
backing: National Film Centre of Latvia, State Culture Capital Foundation, Riga City Council, Latvian National Opera