My Father The Spy
My Father The Spy (Spiegs, kurš mans tēvs), dir. Gints Grūbe and Jaak Kilmi, 58’/85′, Latvia, 2019
The reconstruction of a personal story of Cold War espionage as investigated by Ieva Lešinska, daughter of CIA and KGB double-agent Imants Lešinskis.
As a young Soviet student in 1978, Ieva could not have predicted that a holiday visit to her father, Imants Lešinskis, then working in the Soviet mission at the United Nations in New York City, would irreversibly split her life in two. Entangled in a dark spy game, Ieva is forced to leave her former life behind, never to see her mother or her homeland of Latvia again. Pulling back the curtain on the shady behind-the-scenes world of the Cold War, this film tells a daughter’s dramatic story of her double-agent father, exploring their relationship against the backdrop of events which have their roots over four decades ago.
In order to find herself and understand the game she was part of, Ieva sets out on a journey to the past, confronting family secrets, lies and betrayal.
International premiere June 2019, Sheffield Doc Fest
National premiere September 5, 2019, Splendid Palace, Riga
Scriptwriters Gints Grūbe, Jaak Kilmi
Cinematographer Aigars Sērmukšs
Producer Antra Gaile, Gints Grūbe
Co-producers Jaak Kilmi, Jörg Bundschuh, Julietta Sichel
In Co-production with PIMIK (Estonia), Kick Film (Germany), 8Heads Productions (Czech Republic)
National Film Centre of Latvia
State Culture Capital Foundation
Creative Europe programme of the European Union
Czech State Cinematography Fund
The Cultural Endowment of Estonia
Estonian Film Institute