Archive of films Vogelfrei / Vogelfrei
2007, 93 min
Section: East of the West - Competition
The hero of this compelling, sensitive collection of film stories is a withdrawn outsider called Teodors. We first see him as a small boy playing games in the summer holidays, then as an adolescent hockey-player who starts up a relationship with a girl, after that a lonely but self-centred and manipulative manager, and finally a rural hunter of birds of prey.
A collection of film stories by a quartet of young directors who capture four important moments in one man’s life. Teodors is first a small boy playing games in the summer holidays, then an adolescent hockey-player who starts up a relationship with a girl, a lonely but self-centred and manipulative manager, and finally a rural hunter of birds of prey. Yet he remains a man who is self-conscious and unsure of his surroundings. The stories seem quite ordinary, but they are left open-ended. The film has a wistful, dream-like atmosphere, emotions are kept hidden, festering below the surface. The mood changes – from the child’s carefree summer in the first film to the absurd character of the last film. All four stories are interwoven with a high measure of authenticity and sensitivity towards their insecure, withdrawn heroes. Vogelfrei won Latvia’s National Film Award for Best Screenplay, Best Photography and Best Film.
About the director
Anna Viduleja (b. 1972, Riga) studied direction at the Latvian Academy of Culture. She made the short films God’s Tears (1992), Wishes (1993), Candy (1995), Comet (1997), Greasy Spoon Caff (1999) and Nocturnal (2000).
Gatis Smits (b. 1963, Madona, Latvia) studied direction at the Latvian Academy of Culture and the Tisch School of the Arts in New York. He directed the shorts Never Let the Turkey Get You Down (2000), The Vision of Patricia M Logan (2000), Work (2001) and Agent Madly in Love (2002).
Janis Putnins (b. 1967, Riga) took courses in direction and media studies in the USA. He made the short film Sisyphus Said Yes (1992), the medium-length Investigation of Related Events (1993), the documentary Latvia So Close (1999) and his feature debut Hide and Seek (2001).
Janis Kalejs (b. 1965, Riga) attended the Latvian Conservatoire, then studied at Riga Motion Picture Studio. He made the film Matin dans une Forêt de Pins.
About the film
Color, 35 mm
|Section:||East of the West - Competition|
|Director:||Janis Kalejs, Gatis Smits, Jānis Putniņš, Anna Viduleja|
|Screenplay:||Janis Kalejs, Gatis Smits, Janis Putnins, Anna Viduleja|
|Dir. of Photography:||Andrij Parekh, Sam Moon, Gints Berzins|
|Editor:||Armands Blumbergs, Liene Balina, Jekabs Dimiters|
|Producer:||Sergejs Berdicevskis, Kaspars Rolsteins, Jurgis Liepnieks, Alise Gelze|
|Production:||Film Angels Studio|
|Cast:||Igors Suhoverhovs, Karlis Spravniks, Ints Teterovskis, Liubomiras Lauciavicius, Emilija Leiskalne, Irena Tjunina, Tatjana Jansone-Nazarova, Armands Reinfelds, Girts Krumins|
|Contact:||Film Angels Studio|
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