A total of thirteen films competed for the prestigious film festival's grand prize.
Nords says in an interview with Latvian State Radio that "Mother, I Love You" has entered a number of film festivals since the Berlin Film Festival. Initially, the creative team was pleased that the film had been selected for Los Angeles Film Festival at all, but few people believed it would win the grand prize, said Nords.
"Film Independent" informs that, in bestowing Nords with the award for best narrative feature, the festival's jury stated: "As filmmakers ourselves we are finely attuned to the processes of making a film and sometimes find it difficult not to analyze a film on a purely technical or esoteric level. In the case of our selected film, we found ourselves absorbed so completely in its world that we removed our critical eye. Its story is simple, deftly executed, and features a prodigious central performance. The careful escalation of dramatic tension, the truthful portrayal of a strained mother-son relationship, the stunning night time photography of an urban landscape and the confidant direction - never sacrificing substance for style - thoroughly won us over. It is with a deep appreciation for its delicacy, emotional resonance and assured control of craft that we award the Grand Prize to Mother, I Love You."
As reported, Nords' film was awarded the International Jury's Grand Prix for the Best Feature Film at the 63rd Berlin International Film Festival this past February.
"Mother, I Love You", produced by studio "Tanka", is a dynamic thriller about the thirteen-year-old Raimonds and his mother. The film stars Kristofers Konovalovs as Raimonds and Vita Varpina as his mother.