Modris

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    Modris

    Directed by

    Latvia, Germany, Greece

    2014

    98 min

    • Russian
    • Latvian

    Drama

    Toronto IFF - Contemporary World CinemaSan Sebastián FFLatvian submission for the Academy Awards

    Modris is a normal 17-year-old with a girlfriend and some good pals at school. But his addiction to gambling makes his relationship with his mother difficult, especially since she keeps on reminding him that his father is in prison - so Modris must have inherited his bad genes.
    Things come to a head in the middle of the Nordic winter when Modris pawns his mother’s electric heater so he can play the slot machines. She betrays him to the police, and as he begins his adventures in the Latvian justice system, his relationship to the outside world changes. Soon Modris becomes determined to find the father he never knew.

    Awards

    • Best Debut, Best Supporting Actress - Riga IFF

    Festivals

    Credits

    Cast
    Kristers Pikša
    Rēzija Kalniņa
    Screenplay
    Juris Kursietis
    Cinematography
    Bogumil Godfrejów
    Editing
    Yorgos Mavropsaridis
    Music
    Līga Celma-Kursiete
    Production
    BOO PRODUCTIONS
    Sales
    PLUTO FILM

    Press

    A naturalistic portrait in the tradition of “My Dog Killer” and earlier Dardenne brothers.

    Peter Debruge, Variety

    Juris Kursietis

    Juris Kursietis

    Latvia

    Juris Kursietis (director/writer) started his career at the age of 20, when he worked for the Latvian Television news department as foreign news correspondent. At that point he was also taking his first steps in longer feature stories or mini-documentaries. In the 15 minute slots that went on prime time TV, he developed and directed from character stories to journalistic investigations. After 6 years in television he turned to cinema. He went to the UK to do his masters in film directing at the Northern Media School. At the same time in 2007 and 2008 he worked as 1st assistant director on several feature films in Latvia and directed THE BICYCLE STORY (2007). He graduated his film school with distinction and his graduation mid length film RIT BUS (WILL HAVE IT TOMORROW) received attention in the UK and Latvia. In 2008 he joined Red Dot Media, where since he has directed numerous TV commercials, directed full length documentaries, worked as a scriptwriter for feature films and shot his debut feature film MODRIS. The film was given Special Mention in San Sebastian FF and the Best Director award in Tbilisi IFF. His latest film OLEG (2019) had its world premiere at Directors' Fortnight.

    Selected Filmography