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Latvian animated film competes at Berlin film festival

By Anatol Steven. 06.02.2012

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Latvian animated film to compete for Crystal Bear prize this week

An animated film created by the Latvian director Janis Cimermanis, “Corrida”, will compete for the prized Crystal Bear at this year’s Berlin International Film Festival, taking place later this week.
The animated short has been included in the festival’s Generation Kplus short film program, and despite some intense competition the Latvian director is said to be hopeful of bringing home the Berlinale award. The 62nd occasion of the festival takes place on February 9-19.
The 61-year-old Riga-born director has a background in puppet theater, but currently represents the film studio Animācijas Brigāde.
“Corrida” is the latest episode in a series of cartoons about the Rescue Brigāde, a group of animated characters popular for many years in Latvia. Here, a desperate matador enlists the help of the brigade as he runs away from an angry bull. The rescuers race across Europe to save him.
One more animated film is representing Latvia at this year’s Berlinale – a Latvian-Estonian co-production called “Lotte and the Moonstone Secret”.


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