Festival “The Baltic Pearl” began soon after the fall of the Soviet Union – in the middle of the 90s of the last century – as a Film Festival of Actors. The author of the Festival idea and the long-term director of “The Baltic Pearl” is the Russian actress Marina Lipcenko, who has lived in Riga for many years.
This Festival just like a pearl in the sea waves has been polished throughout the years, till it has acquired its most eminent shape and unrepeatable brilliance. The special guests of “The Baltic Pearl” Festival have been the world famous film stars – Gina Lollobrigida, Alain Delon, Ingeborg Dapkunaite, Klaus Maria Brandauer, Natalia Andreichenko, Pierre Richard. The three-day master class in Riga was conducted by the charming French film legend Catherine Deneuve.
Lately the visits of celebrities are surpassed by the vivid cinematic impressions. The programme of “The Baltic Pearl” includes cinema classics, as well as the latest and most intriguing works from all the world, including films that have succeeded in the film festivals of Cannes, Venice, Berlin and Moscow. The names of these films require no comments among the cinema devotees – the film recognized as the best love story in the American cinema history – the legendary “Casablanca” by Michael Curtiz, the first American sexual western – “Duel in the Sun” by King Vidor, the newest film by the scandalous French director Christoph Onohré “La Belle Personne”, the breathtaking “Zift” by Javor Gardeva nicknamed as the Bulgarian Tarantino, the ironically sarcastic film “The Discrete Charm of the Bourgeoisie” by Luis Bunuel, “Nightwatching” by Peter Greenway, “Rocco and His Brothers” by Luchino Visconti, “The Waterloo Bridge” by Mervyn LeRoy, “La Dolce Vita” by Federicco Fellini, “Breakfast at Tiffany’s” by Blake Edwards, “The Bad and the Beautiful” by Vicente Minelli, “Blow Up” by Michelangelo Antonioni. Retrospective of the French “New Wave” cinema era at “The Baltic Pearl” was initiated by “The 400 Blows" by Francois Truffaut.
A special “delicacy” – a possibility to view the latest Russian movies, as well as the renovated copies of the golden fund of “Warner Brothers”, which are not so easy to purchase on the European cinema market.