Director: Dzintars Dreibergs
Cast: Oto Brantevics, Ieva Florence, Raimonds Celms
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Film Movement is proud to present four Official Best International Feature Oscar submissions, including TRUE MOTHERS, YOU WILL DIE AT TWENTY, BLIZZARD OF SOULS, and MY LITTLE SISTER, available as a package for the discounted price of $30. Your purchase provides invaluable support for independent film organizations who tirelessly champion these global cinematic voices.
About the film
Blizzard of Souls pays stark witness to the horrors and brutality of the First World War, as seen through the eyes of an innocent 17-year-old farm-boy turned soldier. Though he is underage, and his dad, a former marksman, is overage for the army, they are both conscripted into one of Latvia’s first national battalions. The thrill of training is soon followed by reality, as shells burst around them in the endless mud. He grows up on the battlefield, fighting at the side of his father and brother, their lives are constantly in jeopardy.
Adapted from the book by Aleksandrs Grins, which was banned in the U.S.S.R., the story was based on Grins’ own war experiences in a Latvian battalion, and the film is the biggest box office success in Latvia in the past 30 years.
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