Dear English speakers, you are always more than welcome to the art-house cinema KINO BIZE, located in Riga city centre, Elizabetes str. 37 (entrance from the yard). We will list here the films of the regular repertoire or special events screened in English or with English subtitles.
The cinema is also available for private screenings and we offer membership and gift cards.
DRAGAN WENDE - WEST BERLIN
In this tragicomical documentary set between West-Berlin and former Yugoslavia, the young cameraman Vuk from Belgrade embarks on the trail of his eccentric uncle Dragan Wende who, 30 years earlier became the street king of West-Berlin’s 1970s hedonistic disco scene. Earning easy money in Berlin's most famous nightclubs, work and play went hand in hand. But in 1989 the Wall fell. Suddenly it was open to everyone and everything changed... More
BALTIC TRIBES / THE LAST PAGANS OF EUROPE
13th century. Danish spy Lars enters the tribal lands of the Balts, where he takes part in religious rites and cruel forays, gets high during the summer solstice, becomes the slave of Cours and fights the crusaders. How much do we know about the blood running in our veins? Who really were our ancestors – the last pagans of Europe? The docudrama “The Baltic Tribes” by Abele brothers overthrows the myths of the Balts as just peaceful farmers, leading the spectator on a unique trip into the past.. More
TO BE CONTINUED
“To Be Continued”, shot over the course of two years, follows seven children in various parts of the country. Among them there is someone with strong family roots in the Latvian countryside; someone who lives with their granny while their mother works in the UK; someone of a different nationality who wants to become a businessman and whose grandparents came to Latvia after the Second World War. They are seven children at the intersection of various historical, social and economic processes. What are the skills, values and hopes instilled into them by the legacy of the past and the reality of today? More
D IS FOR DIVISION
1940. On the border between Latvia and the USSR, a woman is killed in front of her house as she tried to protect her son from the liberating attack of the Soviets. Almost 80 years later, the archive photo bearing witness to this news item and representing a collateral victim of the European Union’s founding conflict forms the starting point for a journey undertaken by Davis Sīmanis. He navigates from one side to the other of this border, which today represents another separation, one that is geographical but also cultural: between Europe and Russia. More
SOLVING MY MOTHER
Raitis Ozols is a computer programmer, mathematician and occasional magician. In his private life, however, things seldom work out with much mathematical precision. His relationship with his mother Silvija is particularly complicated. He discusses his inexplicable fear of his mother with his therapist, who would prefer for Raitis to look for a wife and organize his overflowing apartment. But when Raitis reports Silvija to the police for emotional blackmail, bringing some order into his adult life becomes all the more difficult. Recording as an omnipresent, invisible presence, the camera exposes these crippled relations in long, drawn-out scenes. More
FAIRYTALE ABOUT THE EMPTY SPACE
The cinematic series about three significant figures in Latvian theatre – directors Oļģerts Kroders (“The Fifth Hamlet” (2007), Māra Ķimele (“Mara” (2014), and the newest about Andris Freibergs – all investigate how loneliness, love and death weave the films’ heroes’ lives and art together as if it would be a tight braid. In the “Fairytale” the accomplished European stage designer and educator paints a self-portrait by shaping the stage for an imaginary production titled Andris Freibergs. He transforms himself into a space that contains close to eighty years worth of stunning success, tragic loss, birth and death. It is an attempt to create the perfect empty space – one that would simultaneously encompass everything and nothing, the beginning and the end. More
Playing “grownups” gets serious for the nine year old Paula when an innocent game turns into events that fling the girl into the reality of grownup life at a time when Latvia is wakening to embark on the road to independence. More
Early 1990s. With AIDS having already claimed countless lives for nearly ten years, Act up-Paris activists multiply actions to fight general indifference.
Nathan, a newcomer to the group, has his world shaken up by Sean, a radical militant, who throws his last bits of strength into the struggle. More
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