Training days for the pitching part of Baltic Sea Docs are over, Saturday and Sunday are the days for the projects to be presented at the Hotel Albert in Riga. And it is quite a range of projects that will be brought to the panelists, who are representatives from tv stations, sales agents and distributors, and film fund people. The hall on the 11th floor will be full, the curtains will be blocked for the view of the wonderful city of Riga, and the project holders, the directors and the producers, will have their magic 15 minutes for presentation and Q& A from the 15 man/woman panel.
It is same procedure as every year but with new people on both sides. There will be projects from Georgia, the three Baltic countries, Russia, Norway, Germany, Finland and Sweden. From the latter comes veteran Maj Wechselmann, a director with more than 60 films on her filmography, most of them dealing with political and social issues in the world we are living in, from a humanistic and often controversial point of view, this one however is a film that is closer to Wechselmann herself, entitled ”Mother” (photo), quite a story, already supported by Swedish Film Institute and Swedish Television (SVT). From the veteran to young Georgian Ana Tsimiatia, who presents a personally experienced documentary from a provinsial library in her country. The director is close to a rough cut with her film, and it looks more than promising.
As does local production company Mistrus’s big project to celebrate Riga next year when the capital of Latvia will be a European Cultural Capital – five renowned directors will make each their film in different areas of Riga: Ivars Seleckis, local documentary icon, German Raimer Komers, Sergey Lotzniza, Danish Jon Bang Carlsen, German Bettina Henkel, Estonian Jaak Kiilmi. Quite a strong team with Davis Simanis as the one responsible for binding the individual films together.
Yesterday I blogged about the Q&A with producer of ”The Act of Killing”, Signe Byrge – her comments to the film (50 mins.) can now be seen on
what a generosity from the side of the organisers.