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This film is included in the Latvian Cultural Canon.
Seemingly simple and unpretentious, this is a truly impressive film, recipient of the European Film Academy’s prize. The quiet little street with its residents and their lives is like a raindrop that reflects the universe. This full-length documentary has received not only local recognition (award “Lielais Kristaps”) but also the EFA prize and other international awards. Šķērsiela, an 800 m long street on the left bank of the Daugava River, has served the documentary’s authors as the setting for a portrait of the late 1980s Riga. The people living on this street represent not only themselves with their particular traits, strengths and weaknesses, but are typical of the Latvian nation as a whole. The timing of the film is of essence: the Soviet empire is on its last legs, there is a new atmosphere of budding free speech, capitalism, and liberalism. On Šķērsiela there are found both the “proletariat” and the “new capitalists” whose entrepreneurship ranges from a headstone business to selling horseradish at the market. There is Tolik, born in Siberia, where his mother was deported, and handicapped from childhood, he receives a pitiful income by gluing together boxes for a factory and is dreaming of the unattainable — good health. “I don’t think I have had a life,” barely holding back tears and turning away from the camera says his mother in one of the many emotional close-ups.
Ten years later the same team shot “Jaunie laiki Šķērsielā” (”The New Era in Šķērsiela”).
Ivars Seleckis (1934) started his film career in 1963; for the majority of the over thirty films he has been both the director and the cameraman.

by Dita Rietuma, film critic, from Latvian Cultural Canon homepage
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Director: Ivars Seleckis
Producer: Leonīds Berziņš
Scriptwriter: Talivaldis Margēvičs
DOP: Ivars Seleckis
Editor: Maija Selecka
Composer: Ivars Vīgners
Rīgas kinostudija, 1988

IFF St. Petersburg. Silver Kentaur + 2 awards.
Parnu Visual Antropology Festival. Parnu. Grand Prix.
International Documentary Filmfestival Amsterdam. Grand Prix.
Latvian Filmmaker Festival. Riga. “Lielais Kristaps” and prize of the critic “Rolands”.
Yamagata International Documentary Film Festival. Yamagata, Japan. Grand Prix.
All – Union Documentary Film Festival USSR. Voronez. Special Prize.
European Film Awards. Glasgow. European Documentary Film of the Year.
Nike. Moscow. Best film of the USSR.

Language: Latvian
Subtitles: LAT, RUS, ENG
Lenght: 88 min
Format: 4:3, PAL
Audio: mono
Region: all

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