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    Mellow Mud

    Directed by Renārs Vimba
    Latvia | 105 minutes | North American Premiere | New Voices/New Visions

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    Mellow Mud

    Directed by Renārs Vimba
    Latvia | 105 minutes | North American Premiere | New Voices/New Visions

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    Mellow Mud

    Directed by Renārs Vimba
    Latvia | 105 minutes | North American Premiere | New Voices/New Visions

Harsh circumstances force a resourceful and determined Latvian lass to mature beyond her years in this compelling, bittersweet, coming-of-age story. “Intimate and lyrical.” The Hollywood Reporter. Winner: Crystal Bear (Youth Film Jury), Berlin.

Schedule

January 7, 2017 5:30 PM Regal Cinemas Tickets not available
January 9, 2017 4:30 PM Camelot Theatres Tickets not available
January 12, 2017 1:00 PM Mary Pickford Theater Tickets not available

film synopsis

Harsh circumstances force a resourceful and determined Latvian lass to mature beyond her years in this compelling, bittersweet coming-of-age story. The evocatively shot, realist tale benefits from a spare yet credible script and a knockout performance from Elina Vaska, who conveys feelings of anger, abandonment, responsibility and first love with conviction and authenticity.

Following the death of their father, 17-year-old Raya and her younger brother Robis are forced to share a small country cottage with their paternal grandmother, whom they despise. Given that their mother abandoned the family some years earlier to work in London, the local social worker tells them that it is either grandma or an orphanage. Raya, who has been caring for their apple trees, particularly resents her granny's plan to sell off their land. Eventually, circumstances force Raya to take responsibility for running the household. With money extremely tight, she makes ends meet as best she can, and not always in legal ways.

"Intimate and lyrical... a delicate drama about an often anguished time of life, all handled with sensitivity." Stephen Dalton, The Hollywood Reporter

Winner: Crystal Bear (Youth Film Jury), Berlin 

film details

Original Language Title: Es esmu seit
Country: Latvia
Year: 2016
Running Time: 105 minutes
Premier Status: North American Premiere
Language: Latvian
Subtitles: Yes
Awards: Crystal Bear, Berlin
Director: Renārs Vimba
Producers: Aija Bērziņa, Alise Ģelze
Principal Cast: Elina Vaska, Edgars Samītis, Zane Jančevska, Ruta Birgere
Cinematographers: Arnar Thorisson
Editor: Georgios Mavropsaridis
Music: Ēriks Ešenvalds
Screenwriter: Renārs Vimba
International Sales Company: Pluto Film
Website: www.plutofilm.de/films/mellow-mud/0016

guests in attendance

Renārs Vimba – Director (January 7 & 9 only)

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