On Tuesday, October 6, the first stage of filming of director Ināra Kolmane’s upcoming film “Mother’s Milk” has ended at the Riga railway station. On this day of filming, footage was taken of the return of one of the main characters from Leningrad, played by Maija Doveika.
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On October 6, about 110 mass viewers took part in the filming, but the Riga Railway Station had become in accordance with the time shown in the film’s script – the beginning of the 1980s.
“Filming the scenes at the railway station” Riga “is, of course, a challenge, considering the movement of the central station trains and the flow of people, but together with the help of” Latvijas Dzelzceļš “employees it has succeeded, for which we have great pleasure and gratitude,” said the film’s executive producer Ieva Majore.
According to the filmmakers, the first day of the 16-day filming phase ended with these shots. During this time, it is planned to film episodes depicting the period from 1981-1983. When her mother (Maija Doveika) returns from Leningrad and is sent to work in a rural outpatient clinic, her daughter (Rūta Kronberga) goes with her to the countryside, experiences life in a rural school and lives with her mother ‘s suffering.
Filming has also taken place at Riga Secondary School No. 49, Lade School, Hospital in Limbaži and elsewhere.
According to the film’s producers, about one third of the planned material is currently filmed, but in the future it is planned that another filming day will be in November this year, as well as two days in February 2021. In the summer of next year, a longer and more extensive filming phase will begin.
It has been previously reported that the film “Mother’s Milk” is based on the novel of the same name by the writer Nora Iksten, which has gained wide local and international recognition since the first edition in 2015.
The film is made in the film studio “Nine”, its screenwriter is Arvis Kolmanis, but the director is Ināra Kolmane. An international team is participating in the filming – cameraman Rolandas Leonavičius (Lithuania), artist Algirdas Garbačiauskas (Lithuania), proprietor Dace Rožlapa, costume designer Evija Džonsone, make-up artist Gunda Zvirbule, producers Jānis Juhņēvičs and Marta Romanova-Jēkabsone
The previous feature film “Bille” (2018) by director Ināra Kolmane, which was shot in the Latvian film for the centenary of Latvia and is a co-production of Latvia, Lithuania and the Czech Republic, has won both audience love and various awards, including the National Film Award “Kristaps the Great” feature film.