One night, Matiss Zelcs, an employee of the Latvian national archive in Riga, notices a woman on a bridge. After passing by her without preventing her suicidal fall into the depths, a sensation of failure and guilt changes his life. He cannot forget her. Driven by a feeling of remorse զղջում and the fever of illusion, he roams թափառել through the city night and day looking for traces հետքեր of her existence. This journey through the tumult աղմուկ of his conscience leads him deeper into his own loneliness and the depths of his soul, as he gets more and more entangled in the destinies of the woman and of the people who were attached to her. He finds himself confronted with the pain of yearning and guilt, the cruelty of love and desire, and the search for forgiveness, release and salvation.
CAST & CREW
Director of Photography
Russlans Gailitis, Ilvars Vegis
Fred Kelemen, Franka Pohl, Klaus Charbonnier
Egons Dombrovskis, Nikolaj Korobov, Vigo Roga, Aija Dzerve, Gundars Silakaktins, Andris Keiss, Rihards Gailiss
Kino Kombat (Deutschland), Screen Vision (Lettland)
Fred Kelemen was born in West Berlin/Germany.He studied painting, music, philosophy, religious science and drama studies and worked in various theatres as a director’s assistant before beginning his studies in directing and cinematography at the German Film & TV Academy Berlin (dffb) from 1989 to 1994. For his diploma film Fate he received the German National Film Award in 1995. Since then, he has made a number of films and videos as director and collaborated as cinematographer with several film directors like Joseph Pitchhadze (Sweets, Israel 2013), Béla Tarr (Journey to the Plain, Hungary 1995, The Man from London, Hungary/France/Germany 2007, The Turin Horse, Hungary, France, USA, Germany 2011 ), Rudolf Thome (The Visible and the Invisible, Germany 2006), Gariné Torossian (Stone, Time, Touch, Canada/Armenia 2005). Since 1995, he has worked as an associate professor and has given master classes and lectures at the following institutions: Centre of Cinematographical Studies of Catalania (C.E.C.C.) in Barcelona/Spain, College of Fine Arts (ESBAG) in Geneva/Switzerland, Harvard University/USA, Kidderminster College/England, Latvian Cultural Academy (LKA) in Riga, University of Santiago de Chile - Department of the Arts and Sciences of Visual Medias, Thammasat University Bangkok/Thailand, German Film and TV Academy Berlin (dffb)/Germany, Tel Aviv University – Department of Film and Television/Israel, National School of Fine Arts (ENBA) Lyon/France, Film Factory Sarajevo/Bosnia-Hercegovina and at the HBK Saar in Saarbrücken, Germany. Since 2000, he has directed several plays at different theatres in Germany. Retrospectives of his work have been presented at places like the Anthology Film Archives, New York, the Tate Modern London, the Hungarian National Film Theatre Budapest and at cinematheques, film museums and film festivals worldwide. With his film production company Kino Kombat Filmmanufactur he produced his film Krisana/Fallen (Co-prod.: Laima Freimane/Screen Vision, Latvia, 2005) and he produced or co-produced the films Moskatchka by Annett Schütze (Co-prod.: Laima Freimane/Screen Vision, Latvia, 2005) and Fragment by Gyula Maár (Prod.: Béla Tarr/TTFilmmühely, Hungary, 2007) and Hand in Hand by Jana Marsik (Co-prod.: Laima Freimane/Screen Visison, Latvia - Jana Marsik, Gemany, 2008). Fred Kelemen is a member of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences (AMPAS)/USA, the European Film Academy (EFA), the German Film Academy and of the European Cultural Parliament (ECP).
Kalyi (1993), Verhängnis (1994), Frost (1998), Abendland (1999), Krišana (2005), Sarajevo Songs of Woe (2016).