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CRIME SOLVING FOR BEGINNERS — NEW YORK BALTIC FILM FESTIVAL
November 12—2:00 pm – 3:30 pm
The 6th Annual New York Baltic Film Festival (NYBFF) presented by Scandinavia House: The Nordic Center in America returns this November with the best new films from the Baltic region! This year’s lineup includes the International Premiere of Armands Zvirbulis’s Crime Solving for Beginners (Krimināllieta iesācējam, Latvia/Lithuania, 2022), a gripping Baltic Noir series set within the turbulent landscape of post-Soviet Latvia. *The first two episodes of the seven-episode TV series will screen at Scandinavia House on November 12; all episodes of the series will be available to stream virtually from November 13-19 for both in-person and virtual ticketholders.*
In 1995, Latvia is freshly liberated from Soviet control, yet still grappling with the remnants of its past. On the same day that the nation destroys a significant Soviet symbol, a popular nationalist MP’s aide is brutally murdered, revealing a political conspiracy in his wake. Through three intertwining plotlines, we meet three protagonists navigating the event and the complexities of this new era — including a young investigator unraveling the web of power dynamics, a released career criminal, and the formidable Natalia Nolle, whose KGB-trained mind has influenced politicians.