17-year-old Modris has a girlfriend, some good pals in school, and a gambling addiction. His difficult relationship with his mother reaches breaking point when she reports him to the police for pawning the electric heater. Thus begin Modris' adventures in the Latvian justice system.


Modris is a normal 17-year-old with a girlfriend and some good pals at school. But his addiction to gambling makes his relationship with his mother difficult, especially since she keeps on reminding him that his father is in prison - so Modris must have inherited his bad genes. Things come to a head in the middle of the Nordic winter when Modris pawns his mother’s electric heater so he can play the slot machines. She betrays him to the police, and as he begins his adventures in the Latvian justice system, his relationship to the outside world changes. Soon Modris becomes determined to find the father he never knew.


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Director: Juris Kursietis
Genre: Drama
Original title: Modris
English title: Modris
Country of production: Latvia, Germany, Greece
Year of production: 2014
Length: 98 minutes
Color: Colour
Screening format: DCP, Blu-ray - 2K, 1:2.39 Cinemascope
Original language: Latvian, Russian
Subtitles: English

Cast: Kristers Pikša, Rezija Kalniņa
Scriptwriter: Juris Kursietis
Director of photography: Bogumil Godfrejów
Editor: Yorgos Mavropsaridis
Sound design: Leandros Ntounis
Music: Liga Celma-Kursiete
Producers: Vicky Miha, Juris Kursietis, Ingmar Trost
Production company: Red Dot Media, Sutor Kolonko, Boo Productions
Co-production company: 2|35, Zupas Filma
Supported by: National Film Centre of Latvia, Eurimages, Film und Medien Stiftung NRW, Media Programme of the Euro

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Festivals / Awards

Toronto IFF 2014, Canada
San Sebastian IFF 2014, Spain - Special Jury Award
Warsaw IFF 2014, Poland
Film Festival Cottbus 2014, Germany
Thessaloniki IFF 2014, Greece
Leeds IFF 2014, UK
Indian IFF in Goa 2014, India
Tbilisi IFF 2014, Georgia - Best Director
Riga IFF 2014, Latvia - Best Debut Film, Best Supporting Actress (Rezija Kalnina)
Febiofest - Prague IFF 2015, Czech Republic
Guadalajara FF 2015, Mexico
Vilnius IFF 2015, Lithuania
Fajr Int'l Film Festival 2015, Iran
Filmkunstfest Mecklenburg-Vorpommern 2015, Germany
Brussels Film Festival 2015, Germany
Art Film Fest 2015, Slovakia
Within the Family 2015, Russia
Terre di Cinema 2015, Italy
Kinoshock FF, Russia - Best Director
Helsinki IFF - Love & Anarchy, Finland
LET'S CEE Film Festival, Austria
Cineast FF, Luxembourg
Northern Film Festival, Netherlands
Santa Barbara IFF, USA
Prishtina International Film Festival, Kosovo
Latvian film festival in Saint-Petersburg, Russia
European Film Screenings 2016, United Arabs Emirates



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