The Chronicles of Melanie (Repeat)
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Festival in Media
Section: Baltic Countries
Country: Latvia Czech Republic, Finland
Year: 2016

The Chronicles of Melanie

120 minutes/Black&white



The 14th of June 1941, Soviet-occupied Latvia: Without warning, the authorities break into the house of Melanie and her husband Aleksandrs and force them to leave everything behind. Together with more than 15 000 Latvians, Melanie and her son get deported to Siberia. In her fight against cold, famine and cruelty, she only gains new strength through the letters she writes to Aleksandrs, full of hope for a free Latvia and a better tomorrow.


Director: Viestur Kairish

Screenplay: Viestur Kairish

Cinematographer: Gints Bērziņš

Editing: Jussi Rautaniemi

Costume Designer: Ieva Jurjāne, Gita Kalvāne

Music: Arturs Maskats, Aleksandrs Vaicahovskis, Kārlis Auzāns

Producer: Inese Boka-Grūbe, Gints Grūbe



Sabine Timoteo, Edvīns Mekšs, Ivars Krasts, Guna Zariņa, Maija Doveika, Viktor Nemets, Edwin Leder, Evija Rudzīte, Baiba Broka



Mistrus Media

World Sales:

EastWest Filmdistribution GmbH




Viestur Kairish

Viestur Kairish (born January 30, 1971) is a Latvian opera, movie and theatre director. He has made a successful career in Latvia and Germany as an acclaimed director of operas. The movies and plays of Kairish have toured in many European festivals.



1995 Gaila dziesma (Short)

1998 Vilciens (Short)

2000 Wedding (Short)

2001 Leaving by the Way

2004 Romeo un Dzuljeta (Documentary)

2006 The Dark Deer

2009 Loengrins no varka kru (Documentary)

2014 Pelikans tuksnesi (Documentary)

2014 The Invisible City (Documentary)

2016 The Chronicles of Melanie