The Boy from Riga: Sergei Eisenstein. Born in 1898, son of Mikhail and Julia. Lives in the city until 1915 where he goes to St. Petersburg to study. His father becomes the architect of beautiful Jugendstil buildings that are still to be watched and admired. And to be found are many of the architectural details that became an inspiration for the master.
This is to be studied in the fine exhibition at the Film Museum in the old town of Riga. Photos, drawings, clips from his films, quotes from his writings, anecdotes… the exhibition is open until the beginning of next year. It is situated in the house where also the National Film Centre of Latvia has its premises.
The NFC is the organiser of the Baltic Sea Forum that today opens for the public pitching of 24 film projects, and of documentary film screenings that have been totally sold out and makes it evident that Riga should set up an international documentary film festival. The public interest is there, the organisational skills, the press support. Go for it!