Mellow Mud


After the sudden death of her grandmother, Raya (17) and her younger brother are left all alone. In order to stop her brother from being sent to a foster home, they decide to keep the old lady's death a secret. But how long can they keep it up?


Loneliness, disillusionment and the experience of first love reveal the character of Raya, a 17-year-old living in rural Latvia with her grandmother and her little brother Robis. A staggering turn of events shakes up their lives, and the young girl must come to decisions that even a grown woman would find difficult to make.
In his strong debut feature, director Renārs Vimba carefully handles the delicate theme of coming-of-age and accepts the challenge of telling the story through the eyes of a young girl.

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Director: Renārs Vimba
Genre: Drama
Original title: Es esmu šeit
English title: Mellow Mud
Country of production: Latvia
Year of production: 2016
Length: 105 min
Original language: Latvian
Subtitles: English

Cast: Elīna Vaska, Andžejs Jānis Lilientāls, Edgars Samītis, Zane Jančevska, Ruta Birgere, Rēzija Kalniņa
Scriptwriter: Renārs Vimba
Director of photography: Arnar Thorisson
Editor: Georgios Mavropsaridis
Sound design: Jonas Maksvytis
Music: Ēriks Ešenvalds
Producers: Aija Bērziņa & Alise Ģelze
Production company: TASSE FILM

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Festivals / Awards

Berlinale, Generation 14plus - Crystal Bear for the Best Film
Titanic Budapest IFF, Hungary
Cyprus Film Days IFF, Cyprus - Best Director Award
Kristiansand International Children's Film Festival, Denmark
Ankara International Film Festival, Turkey
Cinema in Sneakers, Film Festival for Children & Youth, Poland
Festival International du Film - La Rochelle, France
Karlovy Vary IFF, Czech Republic -  Variety Critics' Choice
Guanajuato International Film Festival, Mexico
Sarajevo FF - Kinoscope, Bosnia and Herzegovina
Giffoni Film Festival, Italy
Der neue Heimat, Freistadt, Austria - Special mention
Baltic Debut Film Festival, Russia - Grand Prix for the Best Film
IFF "East & West", Odenburg, Russia -  Grand-Prix for the Best Film, Best Actress, Russian Film Critics Prize
Helsinki IFF - Love & Anarchy, Finland
Silk Road IFF, China
Reykjavik IFF, Island
CinEast, Luxembourg - GRAND PRIX
Filmfest Osnabrück, Germany - Audience Award
National Film Festival LIELAIS KRISTAPS, Latvia - Best Feature Film, Best Actress, Best Scriptwriter Award
Nordische Filmtage Lübeck, Germany - Children and Youth Jury Award
Noordelijk Film Festival, Holland
Arras Film Festival, France
Filmfest Braunschweig, Germany
Cork Film Festival, Irland
Bratislava IFF, Slovakia - Student Award
Athen IFF, Greece
International Film Festival of India, Goa, India - Best Actor (Female) Award
Beginning Film Festival, St. Petersburg, Russia
Olympia Int'l Film Festival for Children and Young People, Greece - Best Director, Best screenplay, Best young actress in feature film
Baltic film Days at the Cinemateque, Oslo
Day for Night FF, UK
Palm Springs IFF, USA - Special Mention (New Voices/New Visions section)
Tromsø IFF, Norway
Trieste Film Festival, Italy
Bengaluru International Film Festival, India
Festival International du Film d'Aubagne, France - Best Directing, Best Actress
Minneapolis St. Paul International Film Festival, USA
EU Film Festival in L.A., USA
Seattle IFF, USA
PriFest, Kosovo - Best European Film Award, Media Jury Award
European Union Film Festival, Singapore
Slemani IFF, Iraq
Cottbus FF, Germany
The European Union Film Festival, Canada
AFI European Union Film Showcase, USA
Ljubljana IFF, Slovenia




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