Baltic Film Weekend: LATVIA


YEAR: 2015



A surprising spiritual relationship

Film “Ručs un Norie” is a story about the meeting of two worlds.
While studying anthropology, the young Japanese Norie meets an old Suiti woman nicknamed Ruch by her friends.
Inability to speak a foreign language is not an obstacle to becoming soul mates with someone, and the seemingly simple story obtains a deep and touching dimension – from now on Ruch will always be worried about earthquakes in Japan but Norie goes to a Latvian football game in her homeland dressed in Suiti folk costume and together with her friends shout „Go Latvia!”

Director of the film Ināra Kolmane tells, “This film is a cultural, historical at the same time contemporary and vital story in which Ruch’s life and century-long preserved and safeguarded Suiti and Latvian traditions are something that is attempted to understand by Norie who represents a different generation, mentality and culture. A mutual listening in the other person’s essence takes place. Very interesting and engaging are also the sequences in the film that have been made by following the daily life of Norie in Japan.”

Director Ināra Kolmane
Cinematography Andrejs Verhoustinskis
Music Mārtiņš Miļevskis, Rihards Kolmanis
Sound Ilvars Veģis, Jānis Juhņēvičs
Editing Līga Pipare
Executive Producer Marta Romanova – Jēkabsone
Producers Jānis Juhņēvičs, Ināra Kolmane, Marta Mannenbach