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BLUEBERRY SPIRITS

Astra Zoldnere | Latvia 2016 | 12 Min. | OmeU

Monday, 07.05.2018, 6 pm tickets
De France | Saal 1

AUSTRIAN PREMIERE

This film is nominated for the International Shorts Award (ISA).

Screened together with Throwline and Dream Box.

 

Blueberry Spirits is a poetic documentary about a Roma family that spends its summers in the Latvian forests, picking berries to make a living. While harvesting the fruits of the forest, they reflect on their identity as a group by sharing ghost stories. Surrounded by existential questions on how to balance the future and the past, traditions and modern life, the movie points out their struggle for identity as a journey between night and day, and vice versa.

Biography

Astra Zoldnere is a Latvian film director, curator and publicist. In her line of work practical and theoretical aspects of film interact with each other. Astra holds an MA degree in film directing from Baltic Film and Media School. Her shorts „Treasures ofthe Sea” (2013) and „All My Dead” (2014) have been shown in many film festivals and have received prizes. Her latest documentary "Blueberry Spirits" was premiered at DOK:Leipzig, screened at Canadian Documentary Film Festival HOT DOCS and other film festivals and won several prizes.

Awards

  • Moscow International Documentary Film Festival DOKer 2017 - Special Mention
  • Monstronale Festival 2017 - Best Documentary - Audience Prize
  • Szczecin European Film Festival 2017 - Best Documentary film
  • Latvian National Film Festival "Lielais Kristaps" - Nomination - best short documentary

Screenings

  • Moscow International Documentary Film Festival DOKer 2017
  • Monstronale Festival 2017
  • Szczecin European Film Festival 2017
  • Latvian National Film Festival "Lielais Kristaps"
  • DOK:Leipzig 2016 - World premiere
  • Canadian Documentary Film Festival HOT DOCS 2017
  • GO SHORT International Short Film Festival Nijmegen 2017
  • Tartu World Film Festival 2017
  • Filmfest Schleswig-Holstein 2017
  • Sharm El-Sheikh Arab & European Film Festival 2017
  • CinedocTbilisi 2017
  • ROJAL - International Short Film Festival Roja 2017
  • Film Festival Herceg Novi, Montenegro 2017
  • Serbian Festival of Ethnological TV Films 2017
  • Watch Out Tetovo 2017
  • Kraljevski filmski festival 2017
  • Parnu Documentary Film Festival 2017
  • Anûû-rû âboro Film Festival 2017
  • International Short Film Festival Berlin INTERFILM 2017
  • Festival of Ethnological TV Films Serbija 2017
  • Film Festival Herceg Novi, Montenegro 2017
  • Milwaukee Film Festiva 2017
  • MAFF | Matsalu Nature Film Festival 2017
  • Lago Film Fest 2017 - Baltic Film Programme
  • Uppsala Short Film Festival 2017
  • Bogata Short Film Festival Columbia 2107
  • International Short Film Festival Sleepwalkers 2017
  • Ostrava Kamera Oko International Film Festival 2017
  • Star Film Fest 2017
  • Helsinki International Film Festival - Love & Anarchy 2017
  • Cine East Luxemburg 2017
  • Latvian National Film Festival Lielais Kristaps 2017
  • Short Waves Film Festival Poland 2017 - Baltic Programme
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