Latvian director’s Dzintars Dreibergs historical war drama ‘Blizzard Of Souls’ can now be seen on big screens in 15 cities over the United Kingdom, including Leeds, Bristol, London and Glasgow, under the name ‘THE RIFLEMAN’ (the alternate name was chosen by the British distributors ‘Parkland Entertainment’).
The film is shown in Latvian with English subtitles and is 104 minutes long. The original version is 124 minutes long but the movie length was adjusted for the UK screenings. Search for the list of screenings HERE.
Film’s international producer Ilona Bicevska comments ‘It is symbolic, in a way, that the movie starts its international course right in Great Britain where a large Latvian community lives. Interest in the film has been very active in the local cinemas since its premiere last November, therefore we are very pleased to finally be able to offer this opportunity to see the ‘Blizzard Of Souls’ in 12 cities in England and Scotland.’
The feature film ‘Blizzard of Souls’ is the most anticipated film in Latvia in the 100 years since the end of the WWI and has been made in honour of the 10+ European countries, also celebrating the 100 years since the end of the First World War. It is the largest budget in the history of Baltic cinema trusted by government.
‘Blizzard Of Souls’ is the adaptation of Aleksandrs Grins’ novel, the story was literary written in the trenches as the author of the novel was a Latvian rifleman in the First World War and the book was forbidden in USSR.
The reviewer Guy Lambert wrote on ‘The Ucoming’: ‘The Rifleman is an honest yet frenzied interpretation of the veracity of warfare, with utterly breathtaking cinematography, reminiscent of the brilliance of Band of Brothers, inferior to only a few.’
Read the full review.
The movie was also included in the SIFF programme in The Belt and Road Film Week of the 23rd Shanghai International Film Festival that took place from July 25 to August 2 and all tickets to these screenings were sold out on the first day. Creators of the movie are working hard to reach more and more countries in the world, especially the ones with Latvian diaspora.
In February the film was screened with great success for representatives of various festivals and foreign distributors in the European Film Market in Berlin. The screenings of the film were attended by professionals from 28 countries in total. While in Latvia the ‘Blizzard Of Souls’ has been watched by more than 250,000 viewers making it the most watched film since the restoration of independence.