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"In the Fog", film shot in Latvia, takes FIPRESCI Prize at Cannes Film Festival

07.06.2012

Polish film director Sergei Loznitsa's feature film "In the Fog" has won the International Federation of Film Critics (FIPRESCI) Prize at the Cannes Film Festival, as film studio "Rija" representative Andra Jakovica told LETA.

Polish film director Sergei Loznitsa's feature film "In the Fog" has won the International Federation of Film Critics (FIPRESCI) Prize at the Cannes Film Festival, as film studio "Rija" representative Andra Jakovica told LETA.

The FIPRESCI jury of nine members evaluated all 22 films submitted for Competition, and decided that the prize would be awarded to the "In the Fog".

The FIPRESCI unites film critics and journalists from 46 countries. The organization's jury evaluates films at the key film festivals, and gives out awards for the promotion and development of film culture and for the safeguarding of professional interests.

"In the Fog" is a joint production of the film studio "Rija", German company "Ma.Ja.De Fiction" and Dutch company "Lemming Film". This is the first time in the history of Latvia that a film from Latvia is included in the official list of films competing at Cannes .

"In the Fog" is a film based on Belarusian writer Vasily Bikov's story telling about partisan battles during World War II, betrayal and the immoral circumstances that force people to make moral decisions.

From the Latvian side, the film was co-produced by Vilnis Kalnaellis from the film studio "Rija"; the film was shot in the vicinity of Daugavpils last fall.

The film will be screened in Latvian film theaters this fall.

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