The Sign Painter

Dir. Viesturs Kairišs | 90 min
Narrative, Virtual Screening Czech Republic, Latvia, Lithuania 2021
Latvian with English Subtitles

A tragicomic drama about a young artist battered by conflicting allegiances as a succession of brutal regimes assaults the provincial backwater where he lives and works.

Ansis falls for a Zisla, the Jewish daughter of a wealthy merchant (and budding Communist), but is eventually married a Latvian Christian. His relationship with both women becomes increasingly complicated and dangerous as the Nazis close in.

Ansis may be naïve, but he’s got a simple world-weary wisdom to him too—throughout the turmoil and horror, he channels a deep well of resilience, which proves necessary to withstand the systemic and institutional inhumanity ahead.


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