The Wounded Rider

The Wounded Rider (Ievainotais jātnieks), dir. Ilona Bruver, 90′, Latvia, 2017

We shall mark the centenary of Latvia together with the 130th anniversary of the sculptor Kārlis Zāle, who immortalized his vision for the state of Latvia in two monumental symbols of the national awareness of the Latvian people – the Freedom Monument and the Brethren Cemetery – which will exist as long as the state of Latvia exists. Zāle’s perception of life was characterized by a monumental vision; he saw life in large, powerful lines, and he likewise perceived sculpture, which requires much vital force and daring. This documentary, with elements of live acting, follows the sculptor’s life at the time when the Latvian state was born. It presents the process of the construction of the Freedom Monument, providing an insight into the political and social landscape of the time and introducing viewers to the ideals of the epoch and outstanding personalities in culture and art.

World Premiere 24.10.2017, Riga, Splendid Palace

Scriptwriter Ilona Bruver
Cinematographer Elīna Bandēna
Production Designer Artis Rutks
Original Music Ēriks Ešenvalds
Editor Ilona Bruver
Producer Ilona Bruver

Production Company
Kapseļu iela 3b, Rīga LV 1046, Latvija
Tel: +371 2644 0907

Supported by
National Film Centre of Latvia