Loneliness, disillusionment and the experience of ﬁrst love reveal the character of Raya, a 17-year-old living in rural Latvia with her grandmother and her little brother Robis. A staggering turn of events shakes up their lives, and the young girl must come to decisions that even a grown woman would ﬁnd difficult to make.
- Crystal Bear for the Best Film, Youth Jury - Berlinale Generation
- Grand Prix - CinEast FF
- Children’s And Youth Film Prize - Nordic Film Days
- Student Jury Award - Bratislava IFF
- Best Female Actress (Elīna Vaska) - IFFI Goa
- Best European Film, Media Jury Award - PriFest
- Elīna Vaska
- Andžejs Jānis Lilientāls
- Edgars Samītis
- Zane Jančevska
- Ruta Birgere
- Renārs Vimba
- Arnar Thorisson
- Georgios Mavropsaridis
- Ēriks Ešenvalds
- PLUTO FILM
- TASSE FILM
A bittersweet Baltic tale of adolescent angst.
I believe that life is harsh and beautiful at the same time. I was going for a story that would be equally heavy and life-affirming.
Renārs Vimba studied film directing and cinematography at the Latvian Academy of Culture in Riga and the Baltic Film, Media, and Arts and Communication School in Tallinn, Estonia. His short films have screened at numerous film festivals across Europe. MELLOW MUD (ES ESMU ŠEIT) is debut feature. It was selected at the Berlinale Generation 14plus in 2016.