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2024 / 104' / Latvia, Lithuania

Portraying the true story of famous actress Maria Leiko, who travels to Stalin's Russia (1937) upon the news of her newborn granddaughter. Soon after, Maria is faced with the brutality of the KGB, who threaten both her family and career, where she ultimately plays her life's most tragic role: an innocent victim destroyed as she struggles between her ideals and the murderous regime that surrounds her.


Screenings schedule:

14.07.2024 at 16:00, Oscar Cinema, 1a Sportyvna Square (Gulliver Shopping Mall, 7th floor, Kyiv), Hall 3




Davis Simanis, PhD in Arts, is a Latvian filmmaker and theorist. He has directed historical feature films, numerous poetic documentary films as well as cross-genre features that have participated in various major festivals. His docu-fiction Escaping Riga (2014) premiered internationally at IDFA 2014 and is still screened at documentary film festivals worldwide. Simanis previously received the Award for Best Debut "Version. LNO" (2006), historical drama The Mover (2018) WP in Palm Springs IFF, received an award "Best Foreign Film" in HAIFA festival, "The Year Before the War" (2021) WP in Rotterdam Film festival.

Selected filmography

  • Maria's Silence (2024)

  • The Year Before the War (2021)

  • The Mover (2018)

  • Exiled (2016)

  • Escaping Riga (2014)


Producer: Gints Grūbe, Inese Boka-Grūbe

Screenwriter: Dāvis Sīmanis, Magali Negroni, Tabita Rudzāte

DOP: Andrejs Rudzāts

Composer: Paulius Kailbauskas, Justas Štaras

Cast: Olga Šepicka-Slapjuma, Artūrs Skrastiņš, Vilis Daudziņš, Inese Kučinska, Ģirts Ķesteris

Production: Mistrus Media, Broom Films

Rightsholder: Mistrus Media, Ltd


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