Defenders of Riga
Feature, 2008, HD/35 mm, 2.35:1, colour, Dolby Digital, 118'
Original Title Rīgas sargi

It's 1919, and a war-weary soldier, Martins, returns home to the newly independent Latvia. He wants only to get back to a normal life and to Elza, the girl he left behind. On the day of their wedding, a rogue German general orders an attack on Riga and Martins and Elza are forced to flee. Martins has to make the difficult decision to join the fight to defend his city and to leave Elza behind, once again. The fledgling Latvian army battling alongside thousands of volunteers manage to beat back the aggressors. This miraculous victory ensures the survival of the Republic of Latvia as an independent state, and Martins and Elza are finally able to return home and to their future together.

Aigars Grauba, Andrejs Ēķis, Valentīns Jemeļjanovs, Lisa Eichhorn
Based on the story by Andris Kolbergs
Gvido Skulte, Vladimir Bašta
Production Designers
Mārtiņš Milbrets, Neils Matīss
Costume Designer
Sandra Sila
Original Music
Gints Pelcbergs, Pavel Reiholec
Line Producer
Sergejs Berdičevskis
Production Managers
Sergejs Berdičevskis, Iveta KrūmiņaCGls Māris Āboliņš, Andris Pakalns
Andrejs Ēķis, Brigita Rozenbrika, Lisa Eichhorn
Main Cast
Jānis Reinis, Elita Kļaviņa, Artūrs Skrastiņš, Andris Keišs, Ģirts Ķesteris, Vilis Daudziņš
Production Company
Company Platforma Filma
Dzintaru pr. 19, Jūrmala, LV 2015, Latvia
Tel:+371 2722 2009 Fax: +371 6714 7020
To be released
October 2007
Created with the support of
The National Film Centre of Latvia
and The Culture Capital Foundation of Latvia
and MEDIA TV Broadcasting

Photo by
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