The IDF (Institute of Documentary Film) in Prague publishes a very actively edited website with information and facts about filmmaking in the Eastern part of Europe plus a series of interviews conducted to celebrate the10 Years of the training programme Ex Oriente Film. This time Veronika Lisková from IDF has talked to Latvian producer, cameraman, tutor and member of the EDN (European Documentary Network) board, Uldis Cekulis. Here are the first two paragraphs, continue on the website, Cekulis has many wise words to say, and has produced excellent films, two of them are mentioned here:
… While the celebration of Ex Oriente Film 10th anniversary goes on, we serve you the second of the ten interviews with filmmakers who participated in the training programme within its ten years of existence. This time we have enjoyed talking to Latvian producer Uldis Cekulis. His company VFS Films produced two documentaries that were developed through Ex Oriente Film workshop.
The first one is Klucis. The Deconstruction of an Artist, (photo) directed by Peteris Krilovs. Filmed in Latvian-French-Greek co-production, the documentary tells the story of Gustav Klucis, Latvian farmer who became one of the classic representatives of constructivism after his arrival to Russia and, eventually, a victim of Stalinist purges. The second one is the Oscar-nominated Ramin, so far the latest movie directed by Lithuanian director Audrius Stonys, this year among the most successful international festival documentaries. We have met Uldis Cekulis at this year’s Baltic Sea Forum in Riga where he presented two new projects from his production… read more on