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    XIV edition


    Matiss (26) has it all figured out – a well-balanced life together with the widowed Agate (43) and her little daughter Stasija (9), a well-paid job as a housing repossession manager and a well-managed fling on the side – the wildly sexy young girl. He has the wits, the charm, yet he’s unattached, keeping his options open for greater success surely coming his way soon.

    Yet Agate suffers a fatal accident, leaving Matiss to figure out a shift of reality. To take responsibility for a child who’s next of kin – Agate’s estranged brother doesn’t seem to care about? To somehow repossess that great house, they’ve been living in all to himself? His boss Edmunds (45) offers up an opportunity to have it all – ditch the little girl and keep the house by forging a few documents here and there.

    Matiss goes for it, even upon coming across Agate’s will which deems her daughter the sole beneficiary. And even though it’s tough to send Stasija – who still cannot fully accept the death of her mother – off to an orphanage, Matiss makes that choice too.

    He seems to have it all figured out yet again. But when his flings break down and his boss turns on him and now repossesses the very house they conspired to snatch, Matiss dreams are in ruined.

    Stasija calls and invites him to her exam…. He decides to come and then take her to the seaside, which he had promised back when her mother was still alive. Enclosed by the deserted landscape of the Baltic seaside – it becomes clear in a silent way that Stasija has come to terms with losing her mother and Matiss now seems to grasp the value of the only true relationships in his life. He slips her mother’s will which he had kept into the girl’s back-pack.


    Stanislavs Tokalovs

    Stanislavs Tokalovs started working on sets on all possible positions, including stunts at the age of 19 and parallel graduating film directing in Raindance Film school in London in 2011.

    His short film “A little longer” was awarded National prize “Lielais Kristaps” for the Best short film in 2015 and has been selected for various film festivals around the world. His first feature “What Nobody Can See” premiered at Moscow International Film Festival in 2017 and has won Silver screen price at Hollywood Film Festival.

    Currently he is preparing his second feature “Lovable” and getting his Master’s degree in film directing in Latvian Academy of Culture.


    Waldemar Kalinovski

    Waldemar Kalinowski is a Polish-American filmmaker with 29 feature film credits as production designer,  15 as an actor, 3 as producer and 2 as a screenwriter. Waldemar currently works out of Riga, Latvia in partnership with Stanislavs Tokalovs, his writing partner.

    Waldemar was educated in Poland and the US, where he received Master of Art degree from Cal Arts, a contemporary art university in Los Angeles. His earlier career was in aerospace as  researcher on the 1st Lunar Lander project.

    His main interests are filmmaking, theater, literature and education. He presented seminars on varied aspects of filmmaking in Latvia, Denmark, Sweden and the US.

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