BNFF 2018: The Chronicles of Melanie (Latvia)

Original title: Melanijas hronika
Director: Viesturs Kairišs
2016, 120 mins
Latvian, Russian with English Subtitles

14 June 1941, Soviet-occupied Latvia. Without warning, the authorities break into the house of Melanie and her husband Aleksandrs and force them to leave everything behind. Together with more than 15 000 Latvians, Melanie and her son get deported to Siberia. In her fight against the cold, famine, and cruelty, her only source of strength are the letters she writes to Aleksandrs, full of hope for a free Latvia and a better tomorrow. Based on the memoirs of Melānija Vanaga, THE CHRONICLES OF MELANIE is a terrifying account of the mass deportation of residents of Soviet-occupied Latvia, and the country’s submission for Best Foreign Language Film at the 90th Academy Awards.

Bright Lights: Baltic-Nordic Film Festival

This March the CFI, in collaboration with the Baltic-Nordic embassies, presents the 8th iteration of Bright Nights: The Baltic-Nordic Film Festival. These eight contemporary films ⎯ never before seen in Ottawa ⎯ highlight the unique perspective one can only see by standing at the top of the world. The Bright Nights festival presents a collection of films that juxtapose the bleak, the dark, and the edgy with the hilarious, the eclectic, the personal, and always the intriguing. These incredible stories form a festival unlike any other, and an opportunity that comes only once a year.