Production year 2021


Original title: Gads pirms kara
Directed by: Dāvis Sīmanis
Screenwriter: Tabita Rudzāte, Uldis Tīrons, Dāvis Sīmanis
Cinematogreraph: Andrejs Rudzāts
Sound Designers: Saulius Urbanavicius
Producer: Roberts Vinovskis
Co-Producer: Uljana Kim, Radim Procházka
Produced by: Lokomotīve, Studio Uljana Kim (Lithuania), Produkce Radim Prochazka (Czech Republic)
Main Cast: Petrs Buhta, Inga Apine, Ģirts Ķesteris, Lauris Dzelzītis, Eduards Johansons, Gints Grāvelis, Jānis Putniņš, Juris Strenga, Juris Gornavs, Kaspars Pūce
Country: Latvia, Czech Republic, Lithuania link link


In 1913, the world is about to be radically transformed. Soon, millions of men will march, singing, into the trenches. At this moment of feverish anticipation, Peter from Latvia – who always claims his name is Hans – is roaming around Europe. He starts out as a simple doorman in Riga, but becomes embroiled in the revolutionary plans of communists, anarchists, proto-fascists and nationalists. His odyssey through Europe leads him to the ‘Lebensreform’ community at Monte Verità in Switzerland, and to imperial Vienna. He is shot at and forced to commit murder, has a romance with the spy Mata Hari and is psychoanalysed by Sigmund Freud.

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Released: 2021
Original format length:  95min 24fps
Audio languages: Latvian, English, German