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Latvia
1961, 10 min

Section: Reflections of Time: Baltic Poetic Documentary

  1K2 Friday 29/6 11:30 Drahomíra Cinema
  321 Sunday 1/7 9:30 Small Hall
  922 Saturday 7/7 12:30 Small Hall
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The Beginning is the first instalment of Brauns’s trilogy dedicated to large-scale construction development in Latvia. It captures the building process of a hydroelectric station on the country’s largest river. Observation of the builders, drivers, and engineers at work highlights the human aspect of construction work.


Synopsis

The Beginning is the first installment in Brauns’ trilogy dedicated to large-scale construction development in Latvia. It captures the building process of the Pļaviņas hydroelectric station on the country’s largest river. Observation of the builders, drivers, and engineers at work highlights the human aspect of construction work. The film’s title carries symbolic weight – this is the first Riga school film, Brauns’ directorial debut, the first widescreen picture made in Latvia, and the first part of a trilogy.

Zane Balčus

About the director

Uldis Brauns (1932–2017). Selected filmography: The Beginning (Sākums, 1961), The Building (Celtne, 1962), The Worker (Strādnieks,1963), 235 000 000 (1967), Motorcycle Summer (Motociklu vasara, 1975), A Trip to Earth (Ceļojums uz zemi,1977), Goodbye, XXth Century (Ardievu, XX gadsimt!, 2005)

Contacts

National Film Centre of Latvia
Peitavas street 10, LV - 1050, Riga
Latvia
Tel: +371 673 588 66, +371 673 588 78
Fax: + 371 673 588 77
E-mail: nkc@nkc.gov.lv
www: www.nkc.gov.lv

About the film

Black & white, DCP

Section: Reflections of Time: Baltic Poetic Documentary
   
Director: Uldis Brauns
Screenplay: Armīns Lejiņš
Dir. of Photography: Uldis Brauns
Production: Riga Film Studio
Sales: National Film Centre of Latvia
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