The unknown story of Latvian Žanis Lipke, who hid many Jews in his cellar in Riga during the Second World War.
Director: Dāvis Sīmanis LV 2018, Berlin premiere, Latvian with English subtitles Production: Mistrus Media Producers: Gints Grūbe International distribution: Menesha Films Screenplay: Dāvis Sīmanis, Matīss Gricmanis Cinematography: Andrejs Rudzāts Editing: Andris Grants, Davis Sīmanis Cast: Artūrs Skrastiņš, Ilze Blauberga, Leonīds Lencs, Matīss Kipļuks
THE MOVER tells the story of Žanis Lipke, who rescued Jews from a labor camp in Riga during the German occupation. Žanis was a simple laborer who tried like many others to secure his family’s survival under the German occupation during the Second World War. He worked in a German weapons depot and was also a small-time smuggler. When his Jewish friend and neighbor is taken away, he grasps the grue some reality and begins to smuggle Jews out of the weapons depot. At first, he only takes them to safety; later, he hides them in the bunker under his house. The film leaves open whether he acted out of stubbornness or altruism; in any case, he became a Latvian hero.
Karlovy Vary International Film Festival 2019
ESCAPING RIGA (2018) EXILED (2016); CHRONICLES OF THE LAST TEMPLE (2012) PASAULES SKANA (2010) VALKYRIE LIMITED (2009) VERSION.LNO (2007)
Born in Latvia, Dāvis Sīmanis Jr., directs documentaries and feature films and also writes screenplays and teaches film. His doctorate was on the representation of history in film. His films have received awards at numerous film festivals; time and again, they take up the history of Latvia. In 2018, his film ESCAPING RIGA was shown at the JFBB.