Lustrum - a story about the KGB archive and the evaluation of history in the renewed Latvia.
“Lustrum” was a state administration principle in the Roman Empire – a five- year period after which public administrators underwent a purification process that was usually accompanied by a sacrifice. During this time, the representatives of the previous administration confessed all their sins, repented and swore allegiance to the new administration. The Cabinet of Ministers of the Republic of Latvia has made a decision to open the KGB archives in May 2018. This is a story about the assessment of the past in a restored country, about an attempt to understand what kind of system has been hampering the process of maturation for the Latvian state over the past 25 years. It is an endeavour to answer the question of whether the lustration that never took place in the 1990s may turn out to be dangerous for the future existence of statehood.
Scriptwriter - Gints Grūbe
Journalists - Sanita Jemberga, Ilze Jaunalksne
Cinematographer - Andrejs Verhoustinskis
Editor - Armands Začs
Producer - Elīna Gediņa-Ducena.
The film production company MISTRUS MEDIA was established in 2000 and has since become one of the leading film studios in Latvia. MISTRUS MEDIA is a producer of feature documentaries, feature action films as well as provider of filming and location services and a producer of industrial films and commercials.
In November 2016 the latest historical drama produced by MISTRUS MEDIA - The Chronicles of Melanie(dir. Viestur Kairish), an international co-production, received the award for the Best Cinematography at the Tallinn Black Nights Film Festival as well as awards in 5 different categories at the Lielais Kristaps National Film Festival. It was the official selection for the best foreign-language film for the 2018 Oscars from Latvia.
In 2018 MISTRUS MEDIA will release 5 feature films, with the first premiere in March - a documentary To Be Continued by the legendary filmmaker Ivars Seleckis. Other releases will be fiction The Mover (dir. Dāvis Sīmanis), documentary Lustrum (dir. Gints Grūbe), documentary Daughter of a Spy (dir. Jaak Kilmi, Gints Grūbe), fiction Breathing into Marble, minority co-producer (dir. Giedre Beinoriūte).
Created and done by: Production company Mistrus Media / National Film Centre of Latvia
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