Resumption of the film ‘Mother’s Milk’; will be scenes from Soviet – era Latvia

At the end of June, the filming of the film studio “Nine” and director Ināra Kolmane’s feature film “Mother’s Milk” was resumed. It is planned to perform the entire second stage of filming in summer and early autumn.

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As “Delfi” informed the representative of the Film Studio “Nine”, executive producer of the film “Mother’s Milk” Ieva Majore, the next days of filming will take place in an apartment in Old Riga, where the main characters are housed in different periods of the 50s, 60s and 80s. . Further filming will take place in Riga and many places in Latvia.

“This is a thrilling and very busy time – we plan that the film will be filmed in the autumn. The summer filming phase will be full of vivid emotions, as shots will be filmed depicting the harsh and emotional fates and twists and turns of 20th century history in the USSR occupation regime. , which will focus on the 1980s, a regime that deprived many of their faith and honesty, including their lives, but completely destroyed life and its goals for many, and I believe that this historical background is also relevant in today’s turbulent world. “Mothers and daughters. This will allow us to see the fate of the absurd Soviet system and people both through the prism of an adult who has lost his ideals, and looking through the child ‘s eyes, from the child’ s perspective,” says the film ‘s director Ināra Kolmane.

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Resumption of the film 'Mother's Milk';  will be scenes from Soviet - era Latvia
Photo: Jānis Deinats

Three actresses Maija Doveika, Elīna Vaska and Madara Mazā play the role of mother Astra in various stages of their lives as children. Daughter Nora is played by Rūta Kronberga, but Jesi is represented by Zane Bierande. As the story of the film tells of a long period from 1944 to 1989, several characters will be portrayed by different actors at different ages. Namely – grandparents play Indra Briķe and grandparents in their youth Inga Tropa, Juris Lisners feels like a stepfather, but Rihards Jakovels plays a stepfather in his youth.

Well-known actors such as Jānis Znotiņš (mother Astra’s father), Elīna Vāne (rural school principal), Baiba Broka (Riga school principal), Daiga Kažociņa (teacher), Kaspars Znotiņš (teacher Blūms), will also be able to see the background and episodic roles. Grasbergs (Chekist), Herman Skuch (Chekist), Ilze Blauberga (nurse), Daiga Gaismiņa (pediatrician), Anatoly Fečin (military education teacher), etc. There will also be actors from Russia and Ukraine who will get to know the scenes in the story in Leningrad.

“After a few days of filming in February, when the winter scenes were filmed, we are now happy to return to the filming area and ready to continue working on the highly anticipated film! As the English dreamteam says – when those who add the most value to the project come together. their filming group colleagues, actors, directors, supporters of the Latvian National Film Center, “Depot”, Tet studio and others have faith – here is the real dream team that will realize the project in the best possible way! ” says the film’s executive producer Ieva Majore.

The filming team is also very grateful to all the people who respond, donate and lend various Soviet-era props and clothing.

It is reported that the film is based on the internationally popular novel “Mother’s Milk” by the writer Nora Iksten.

The director of the film is Ināra Kolmane, the screenwriter is Arvis Kolmanis. An international team will participate in the filming – cameraman Rolandas Leonavičius (Lithuania), artist Algirdas Garbačiauskas (Lithuania), costume designer Evija Džonsbone, make-up artist Gunda Zvirbule, producers Jānis Juhņēvičs and Marta Romanova-Jēkabsone, executive producer Ieva Majore “.

The previous feature film “Bille” (2018) by director Ināra Kolmane was shot in the program of Latvian films for the centenary of Latvia and is a co-production of Latvia, Lithuania and the Czech Republic. It has won both the love of the audience and various awards, including the National Film Award “Kristaps the Great” as the best feature film. In Latvia, “Bille” can be viewed in the film and series application Tet +, as well as sold in DVD format.

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