Riga, 15 September, LETA. The shooting of director Ināra Kolmane’s feature film “Mother’s Milk”, which is based on the novel of the same name by the writer Nora Iksten, has started, Ieva Majore, the film’s executive producer, informed LETA.
The film project has received financial support from the National Cinema Center and the European Union (EU) program “Creative Europe Media”. In the film created by the film studio “Nine”, the roles of mother and daughter will be Maija Doveika and Rūta Kronberga.
The first stage of filming has started on September 15 and will run until the beginning of October. During this time, it is planned to film episodes depicting the period from 1981 to 1983, when the mother returns from Leningrad and is sent to work in a rural outpatient clinic, and her daughter travels with her to the countryside, experiences rural school life and lives with her mother’s suffering.
Indra Briķe as a mother, Juris Lisners as a mother’s stepfather, and Elīna Vāne as the director of a rural school will also star in episodic roles at this stage.
The director of the film is Kolmane, the screenwriter is Arvis Kolmanis. An international team will take part in the filming – cameraman Rolands Leonavičs (Lithuania), artist Algirds Garbačiausks (Lithuania), proprietor Dace Rožlapa, costume designer Evija Džonsone, make-up artist Gunda Zvirbule, producers Jānis Juhņēvičs and Marta Romanova-Jēkabsone. The film’s cast is selected by Austra Casting.
This year, filming will mainly take place in Limbaži district and Riga. Majore pointed out that a great benefit for the filming group is the support of Limbaži municipality and residents, also the opportunity to use the trains of SJSC “Latvijas dzelzceļš” and JSC “Pasažieru vilciens” as they were in the 1980s and to transform Riga station according to the Soviet appearance.
The director Kolmane’s feature film “Bille” (2018), which was shot in the program “Latvian Films for the Centenary of Latvia” and is a co-production of Latvia, Lithuania and the Czech Republic, has won various awards, including the Kristaps Lielais National Film Award for Best Feature Film.