The New York Baltic Film Festival continues with a day that looks at the Baltics past and present, beginning with the Latvian film Baltic Tribes /Baltu cilts.


In this vividly colored docudrama, brothers and co-directors Lauris and Raitis Abele stage dramatic re-enactments and animation reconstructing the origins of the Latvian nation, with a narrative following a Swedish merchant named Lars who travels through the exotic, sensual, and sometimes terrifying Baltic lands inhabited by various pagan tribes. (102 min. Latvia, 2018)


Lauris Abele and Raitis Abele are Latvian filmmakers, born and residing in Riga. Lauris obtained Masters degree in Audio-Visual Arts (film directing) at Latvian Academy of Culture and his Bachelor’s degree in Humanitarian Sciences (philosophy) at University of Latvia. Raitis Abele obtained Masters degree as a Clinical psychologist at University of Latvia and studied film art at New York Film Academy.

Together with their third brother Marcis Abele (director of photography), they work on films, music videos and surrealistic art projects, focusing on existential problems through strong visual elements.

2018 New York Baltic Film Festival

The three Baltic states of Estonia, Latvia, and Lithuania have been producing motion pictures since 1910. While not as well-known as those in Scandinavia and other parts of Europe, their industries have met challenges in one era or another that ultimately only galvanized their creative ambitions for features, documentaries, and animation shorts. Through the screening of both the latest productions and selected classics, the inaugural 2018 New York Baltic Film Festival offers an unprecedented opportunity to see the best in northern European film making.

The New York Baltic Film Festival is presented by Scandinavia House and organized by the Consulate General of Estonia, Consulate General of Lithuania and Consulate of Latvia in New York. Programming support is from the Estonian Film Institute, National Film Center of Latvia, and Lithuanian Film Center. Funding for the festival is courtesy of governments of the Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania and by the generous donations of members of the Baltic community in New York. Additional support to the festival is from the Lithuanian Cultural Institute, the Consulate General of Finland in New York, and the American Scandinavian Foundation.




SUNOctober 21—3:30 PM

$12 ($7 ASF Members)
Series Pass $90 ($55 ASF Members)