San Francisco Jewish Film Festival: Escaping Riga
Escaping Riga / Directed by Davis Simanis
Latvia / 2014 / Documentary / 70 mins / Latvian with English subtitles / North American Premiere
Castro Theatre / Wednesday, July 29, 2:45 pm. Tickets may be purchased in advance.
Sergei Eisenstein, the Soviet film director who revolutionized the course of cinema, and Isaiah Berlin, the Russo-British historical philosopher were born in the Latvian capital of Riga. The filmmaker, David Simanis, also born in Riga, imagines the lives of the city's two most famous sons with lo-fi reenactments shot amid the brooding Baltic architecture Eisenstein and Berlin left behind. This imaginative quasi-documentary finds clever and unexpected parallels in the paths of its protagonists.