On March 23 and April 13, Bay Area Baltic communities invite you to enjoy two days dedicated to contemporary Baltic film. Over the past few years, Latvia, Lithuania, and Estonia have produced films that have impressed festival audiences around the globe, and yet these films do not always reach US theaters. Our goal is to provide Bay Area audiences and international film lovers with a rare opportunity to enjoy some of the latest and greatest Baltic films.
All films with English subtitles.
Location: Latvian Hall, 425 Hoffman Ave., San Francisco
Coming by public transit? The Latvian Hall is a quick ten minute ride from the 24th St. Mission BART station via the MUNI 48 line, which runs every 20 minutes on the weekend and has a stop 200 feet from the Latvian Hall.
>> General admission (advance): $18/film or $25/day <<
>> Society members (advance): $15/film or $20/day <<
>> Under 18: free (must reserve ticket) <<
Host organizations: Northern California Latvian Association, San Francisco Estonian Society, SF Lithuanians
March 23 - 1 PM - Võta või jäta/Take It Or Leave It (2018, Estonia, drama)
One one sleepy Saturday morning, 30 year old construction worker Erik receives life-changing news: his former girlfriend Moonika, whom he hasn't seen in half a year, has just given birth to a baby girl. She is not ready to become a mother and if he doesn't want the child, it will be given up for adoption.
"Take It Or Leave It" is the story of Erik's long, complicated and at times comedic road of growing into fatherhood, and how In the course of the story, a normal Estonian man takes on a mythic journey through everyday life.
March 23 - 3:30 PM - Krimin?l?s ekselences fonds/The Foundation of Criminal Excellence (2018, Latvia, comedy)
This crime comedy set in Soviet Latvia in the 80s follows the ambitious television screenwriter Imants who is commissioned to write a crime story about con schemes. Together with his friend Harijs, they - not exactly successfully - try out tricks borrowed from local swindlers and black-market profiteers while getting entangled in real criminal schemes...
Although the story is set in Soviet Latvia of the 80s, it incorporates certain elements from the preceding and subsequent decades. The film portrays the ingenuity of human imagination when most of the resources are cut off by the iron curtain.
March 23 - 6 PM - Nuostabieji Luzeriai. Kita planeta/Wonderful Losers: A Different World (2017, Lithuania, documentary)
You have never been closer to the Giro d’Italia. Even if you have never wanted to be closer to the Giro d’Italia, you will savor this extraordinary view of tireless cyclists from such vantage points as the medical car that races along with all the athletes and has to dispense iodine and bandages from the window without either party stopping. With an international crew under the direction of Arunas Matelis, the documentary pays tribute to all the support teams that make it possible for somebody to don a championship sweater. Lithuania's entry to the 91st Academy Awards for Best Foreign language Film.
April 13, 1 PM: Baltu Ciltis ("Baltic Tribes") (Latvia)
April 13, 3:30 PM: Rodeo. Unistus tõotatud maast ("Rodeo: Taming A Wild Country") (Estonia)
April 13, 6 PM: R?ta (Lithuania)