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by Dāvis Sīmanis


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: 2021
genre: fiction
directed by: Dāvis Sīmanis
film run: 116'
screenplay: Tabita Rudzāte, Uldis Tīrons, Dāvis Sīmanis
cast: Petr Buchta, Lauris Dzelzītis, Ģirts Ķesteris, Gints Grāvelis, Dace Everss
cinematography by: Andrejs Rudzāts
film editing: Anna Johnson Ryndová
art director: Kristīne Jurjāne
music: Faustas Latenas
producer: Roberts Vinovskis
production: Studio Locomotive
backing: National Film Centre of Latvia (LV)

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