Chronicles of Melanie

The Chronicles of Melanie (Melānijas hronika), dir. Viestur Kairish, 120′, Latvia, 2016

Since its national premiere on November 1, 2016 the film has gained wide recognition among audiences and with 74 000 admissions has become the 4th most attended film of the year in Latvia.

Main cast Sabine Timoteo, Edvīns Mekšs, Ivars Krasts, Guna Zariņa, Maija Doveika, Viktor Nemets, Edwin Leder, Evija Rudzīte, Baiba Broka, Kirils Zaicevs, Lilita Ozoliņa, Ģirts Krūmiņš, Astrīda Kairiša, Jana Čivžele

The night of June 14, 1941 brought not life, but death and destruction to over forty thousand individuals deported from Latvia, Estonia and Lithuania to Siberia under the order of Stalin. Stuffed in train cattle cars, among them are Melanie and her little son Andrejs, holding her hand, forcibly separated from the rest of the family. The next 16 years mean daily struggle for survival, however the empathy of people around her becomes the great help in hopeless situations – people of different origins and nationalities help each other to survive while surrounded by the majestic beauty of the Siberian wilderness.

A story of love, humanity and the miracle of survival in face of the brutality of exile.

National Premiere November 1, 2016
International Premiere November 21, 2016, Tallinn Black Nights FF

Production Company
Mistrus Media
Blaumaņa iela 11/13-13, Rīga LV 1011, Latvija
Tel: +371 67313314, +371 29259580

8Heads Productions (Czech Republic)
Inland Film Company (Finland)

Scriptwriter Viestur Kairish
Cinematographer Gints Bērziņš
Editor Jussi Rautaniemi
Production Design Artist Ieva Jurjāne
Costume Designers Ieva Jurjāne, Gita Kalvāne
Makeup Designer Mari Vaalasranta
Composers Arturs Maskats, Aleksandrs Vaicahovskis, Kārlis Auzāns
Sound Aleksandrs Vaicahovskis, Robert Slezák
Producers Inese Boka-Grūbe, Gints Grūbe
Co-Producers Julietta Sichel, Klaus Heydemann

Supported by
National Film Centre of Latvia
State Culture Capital Foundation
State Cinematography Fund Czech Republic
Finnish Film Foundation
Film Fund of the Regional Council of North Karelia
Latvian Television