The opening act of the Riga International Short Film Festival 2ANNAS will be a magnificent cinema concert – the full-length feature film “Lāčplēsis” (1930), directed by Aleksandrs Rusteiķis. The film “Lāčplesis”, included in Latvian Cultural Canon, will be demonstrated to live music performed by the Latvian Radio Choir and Kristaps Pētersons, a composer and double-bass player.
The events of the film take place in both a mythical world as well as the first half of the 20th century in Latvia, where the story of Jānis and Mirdza’s love is caught in the middle of the Latvian War of Independence.

“Lāčplēsis” is the most important full-length feature film of the early development stage of Latvian cinema – an ambitious large-scale project and an attempt to define the national identity of Latvians.

Latvian Radio Choir
Kristaps Pētersons – double bass, percussion
Artistic Director Sigvards Kļava