Latvian director Signe Birkova at EFP FUTURE FRAMES/ KVIFF 2019

EFP FUTURE FRAMES – Generation NEXT of European Cinema highlights outstanding, emerging directing talents by presenting ten film students and graduates and their often award-winning work at the 54th Karlovy Vary International Film Festival (KVIFF) in the Czech Republic (June 28 – July 6, 2019).

Signe Birkova from Latvia uses a futuristic set-up and experimental elements for her film He Was Called Chaos Bērziņš about an alien abduction and UFO experts.

Signe is a filmmaker from Riga, who first studied Philosophy and Journalism. Since then, she has directed short fiction films, experimental films, documentaries, TV programmes as well as analogue film performances. She makes experimental films using 16mm and Super 8 film material, and different animation techniques. Her short fiction film, Upon Return I’ll Be a Flaming Rose, for which she also wrote the script, received a special FIPRESCI award in Latvia in 2014. Signe is a member of the Baltic Analog Lab artist collective and received her Master’s degree from the National Film School of the Latvian Academy of Culture.


He Was Called Chaos Bērziņš

After being kidnapped by aliens, copy shop employee Harijs Bērziņš doesn’t quite feel at home in his skin. His unusual experience slowly but surely turns him into an outcast, family and friends suddenly feel like strangers, and even the mysterious ufologist Vilma doesn’t exactly elicit his trust. While the two of them try to find a common language, the gray alien mother gives birth to Harijs’s child… He Was Called Chaos Bērziņš combines a playful style with a love of experimenting with form and material. Latvian director Signe Birkova cleverly reworks old sci fi clichés, placing them into new and fresh contexts.

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The fifth edition of EFP’s fruitful FUTURE FRAMES cooperation with the festival introduces the filmmakers and their films to the public, film industry and press during the four-day event which runs from June 30 – July 3. The participants will take part in a master class and meetings with industry experts from various fields in order to build up their international network, receiving further support for their careers thanks to EFP’s new cooperation with Festival Scope and the long-term partnership with the main media partner Variety and partners Cineuropa, Film New Europe and Fred Film Radio.

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