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by Davis Simanis


The film is like a stylization of silent cinema, connecting political and philosophical extremes of 1913 in a story of a young man participating at the creation of a new world. A mysterious adventurer, who was known as Peter the Lett, gets involved in a tragicomic and surreal race from a routine clerk job and a romantic passion in Riga to preparation of a world revolution in Vienna, psychoanalysis at Freud’s saloon and seduction of Mata Hari in Paris.

international title: The Year Before the War
original title: Gads pirms kara
country: Latvia
year: 2020
genre: fiction
directed by: Davis Simanis
film run: 116'
screenplay: Tabita Rudzate, Uldis Tīrons, Davis Simanis
cast: Petr Buchta, Lauris Dzelzītis, Ģirts Ķesteris, Gints Grāvelis, Dace Everss
cinematography by: Andrejs Rudzats
film editing: Anna Johnson Ryndová
art director: Kristine Jurjane
music: Faustas Latenas
producer: Roberts Vinovskis
production: Studio Locomotive
backing: National Film Centre of Latvia (LV)

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