Dace Pūce’s film ‘Bedre’ wins the main prize at an international film festival in Russia

Director Dace Pūce’s feature film debut feature film “Bedre” has received the main prize of the 17th International Film Festival “Baltic Debut” or Grand Prix in the nomination “Best Film”. This is the second highest rating received by the film “Bedre”. It received its first Grand Prix as the best feature film last year at the 62nd Lübeck Film Festival in Germany, while becoming the first film from Latvia to receive the main prize in the festival’s history. The film “Bedre” will have its premiere in Latvia already this autumn.

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The 17th International Film Festival “Baltic Debut” took place from July 24 to 29 this year in Svetlogorsk, Kaliningrad region, Russia. A total of 26 feature films were screened in the festival’s competition programs “International Competition”, “Russian Debut” and “Premieres of the Year”. About 40 animated films were also shown at the festival. A total of 78 movie screenings were held.

The film “Pit” was screened as part of the “International Competition”, where eleven films from Finland, Lithuania, Germany, Denmark, Norway, Poland, Russia, Sweden and Estonia were screened alongside it.

“I am really excited about the success of the film so far, because each recognition is a special event. Latvian viewers and I hope that they will enjoy the film as much as others, “says the film ‘s director Dace Pūce.

The film “Bedre” will have its premiere in Latvia already in the autumn of this year, but at the same time it is planned to participate in film festivals in other countries.

The film “Pit”, based on Jan Egle’s stories, tells the story of ten-year-old Marcus, who has to adapt to a new life in the countryside with a grandson. After the incident with the neighbor girl Emilija, the villagers start looking at the boy with intolerance and suspicion, until by chance Markus finds refuge and friendship with the mysterious loner Jūrnieks, who lives on the edge of the forest. As the authors of the film emphasize, the film is a cross-section of our society, touching on several current topics: children who grow up without parents and face emotional abuse, mutual tolerance, openness to others.

Director Dace Pūce’s debut feature film has brought together an outstanding ensemble of actors: Dace Evers, Indra Burkovska, Inese Kučinska, Aigars Vilims and Egons Dombrovskis, and one of the roles has been awarded to the award-winning Polish actress Agata Buzeka. The young actor Damir Onackis will take on the role of ten-year-old Markus. The film’s creative team includes screenwriters Dace Pūce, Monta Gāgane and Pēteris Rozītis, cameraman Gatis Grīnbergs, artist Laura Dišlere, editing director Jussi Rautaniemi, producers Kristel Pudane and Elīna Jozauska. The author of the film’s music is Valters Pūce, the music mix is ​​Normunds Šnē, the sound director is Varis Kurmiņš. Sinfonietta Rīga musicians and the Riga Dome Boys’ Choir conducted by Mārtiņš Klišāns took part in the music recording. The film also features the composition “Ouvre” by the Danish composer Cecilie Noer. The film was made with the financial support of the National Film Center. In Latvia, it is distributed by the film project “Spektrs”, the distributor abroad – “TVCO”.

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