The Chronicles of Melanie

The Chronicles of Melanie
Sibiřský deník

Latvia, Czech Republic, Finland, 2016, 120 min
Fiction

The Chronicles of Melanie
Sibiřský deník

Latvia, Czech Republic, Finland, 2016, 120 min
Fiction

On an early morning of 15 June, 1941, the authorities of Soviet Latvia break into the house of Melanie and her husband Aleksandrs, former newspaper editor in independent Latvia. They make them wake up their eight-year-old son Andrejs and get into a lorry. At the station, the soldiers separate the fathers from their families and load them on different trains. On this day, the Soviets deported about 65,000 people from Latvia and other Soviet-occupied countries, sending them to the harsh, largely uninhabited Siberian taiga, cut off from human civilization. There the people had to endure years under the harsh conditions of the weather and at the mercy of the Soviet guards without proper equipment or sufficient food. Many of them never returned nor survived.

Cast / Sabine Timoteo, Edvins Mekss, Ivars Krasts, Guna Zarina, Maija Doveika, Viktors Nemecs    Writer / Viesturs Kairišs    DoP / Gints Bērziņš    Editor / Jussi Rautaniemi    Sound / Aleksandrs Vaicahovskis, Robert Slezák    Music / Arturs Maskats, Kãrlis Auzãns, Aleksandrs Vaicahovskis    Costumes / Ieva Jurjane    Make-Up / Mari Vaalasranta    Set Designer / Ieva Jurjane

Release Date / 18 May 2017

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