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MIDPOINT Institute & Baltic Event present: LAZLO

November 20, 2020

We are proud to present the Latvian hypno-mystery drama Lazlo, written by Kristina Martinuka and Ermins Baltais, produced by Aija Berzina!

LAZLO

Country: Latvia
Genre: Hypno-Mystery Drama
Type: Limited series
Format: 6x45´
Screenwriters: Kristina Martinuka, Ermins Baltais
Producer: Aija Berzina
Production company: Tasse Film
Languages: Latvian, Russian

Synopsis
After her husband – an astronaut of a successful Soviet space mission in 1986 goes missing, Maria – a young nurse, embarks on a journey to find him by any means necessary. All tracks lead to a popular and mysterious figure of a soviet hypnotist - Lazlo Kovach, who conducts his retreat on an island shot from the outside world. Maria soon learns that island holds many more secrets, some better left unknown.

Screenwriters
Ermins Baltais, born 1992 in Dobele, Latvia, studied in Jelgava Spidola Gymnasium. After graduation spent year studying social sciences in Latvian University, afterwards moving to Tallinn to study audiovisual media, graduating four years later. Following years worked with multiple production companies across the Europe on different type of projects in camera department, finally making his debuted as director with a short film “Gently Into The Night” that he also wrote.

Kristina Martinuka, born in 1990 in Jelgava. Studied in Riga Tehnolinguistic Gymnasium. After school went to London to study Film Studies in Roehampton University, majoring in directing. After graduating returned to Latvia and started working in film production.

Producer
Aija Berzina has graduated European Film College in Ebeltoft, Denmark, and the Latvian Academy of Culture in Riga. Her first film as producer was the daring documentary by Ivars Zviedris – “Documentarian” (VFS Films, 2012) which was awarded Latvia’s national award for the best film and premiered at Dok Leipzig. Her next – and the first from her company TASSE FILM – Renars Vimba feature fiction “Mellow Mud” (2016). Premiered at the Berlinale, it won a Crystal Bear for best film in the Generation 14plus program. Her latest productions include titles like “Oleg” by Juris Kursietis and Finish coproduction “Dogs don’t wear pants” both selected for Quinzaine, Cannes 2019. Since 2014 Aija is also first chair of he Film Council in Latvia, and since 2013 – president of the Film Producers Association of Latvia. In 2014 Aija founded the Riga International Film Festival.

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