Scene from the film The Year Before the War
Scene from the film The Year Before the War
Scene from the film The Year Before the War
Scene from the film The Year Before the War
Scene from the film The Year Before the War

The Year Before the War

  • Latvia
  • Czech Republic
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Stylized as silent cinema, the film connects political and philosophical extremes of 1913 in a story of a young man participating at the creation of a new world. This mysterious adventurer, who was known as Peter the Lett, gets involved in a tragicomic and surreal race from a routine clerk job and a romantic passion in Riga to preparation of the world revolution in Vienna, psychoanalysis at Freud’s salon and seduction of Mata Hari in Paris.


  • Original Title
    Rok před válkou
  • Direction
  • Screenplay
    Dāvis Sīmanis
  • Cinematography
    Andrejs Rudzāts
  • Editing
    Anna Johnson Ryndová
  • Music
    Faustas Latenas
  • Sound
    Saulius Urbanavičius
  • Runtime
    116 min (91+ min.)
  • Year
  • Country
    • Latvia
    • Czech Republic
  • Format
    • Colour
  • Production
  • Festivals
    • Rotterdam IFF 2021
    • Tallinn Black Nights Film Festival POFF 2021
    • Cottbus IFF 2021
    • Camerimage 2021
    • Atlantida IFF 2021
    • Cairo IFF Arab Critics' Awards 2021
    • Riga IFF 2021
    • Sundsvall IFF 2021
    • European Union Film Festival Canada 2021
    • Malatya IFF 2021 is powered by Doc Alliance, a creative partnership of 7 key European documentary film festivals. Our aim is to advance the documentary genre, support its diversity and promote quality creative documentary films.

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