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June 16, 2017. year • News

This summer the Cēsis Art Festival is presenting as its special project the film program Upe (“River”) – screenings on the banks of the Gauja River by the Ērgļi Cliffs. The Festival’s musical program promises surprises with experimental shows by esteemed Latvian pianist Reinis Zariņš and Dutch painter Maryleen Schiltkamp, the percussion group Perpetuum Ritmico, and a collaboration between the young Latvian organist Liene Andreta Kalnciema and the clarinetist Mārtiņš Circenis.  Theater lovers, as usual, will be able to watch as the best plays of the previous year are staged again in Cēsis. After an absence of several years, the ballet will return to the Festival with Aleksejs Avečkins’ Star, while the Cēsis Castle Park amphitheater will host a truly unique event – a production of the flamenco opera Ainadamar by Argentinian composer Osvaldo Golijov, who has also written the score for several Francis Ford Coppola films.

VISUAL ARTS PROGRAM  Contemporary art will be presented at this year’s Cēsis Art Festival in the form of lectures held in the cinema of the Cēsis Concerthall. This specially-created sequence will present festival-goers with a fascinating and professional look into the processes of contemporary culture, as well as an informative introduction to its most prominent figures. The following luminaries from the art world will be giving talks: Inese Baranovska, art scholar and curator; Vēsma Kontere, Norwegian-based architect and professor at the Westerdals School of Communication; and Kaspars Vanags, curator and visionary for the nascent Latvian Contemporary Art Museum. Under the auspices of the Little Contemporary Art School, the documentary film Laikmetīgā (“The Contemporary”), by Director Dainis Kļava and VFS Films, will see its premier.

A very special part of the Festival is the film program Upe, organized by film scholar and director Jānis Putniņš, and its screening of the 1934 Latvian documentary film Gauja, which has been digitally remastered specially for this project. The film will be projected onto the riverside cliffs, thereby creating an exceptional audiovisual effect.

The film program will continue every weekend during the Festival with screenings on the riverbank. Also on the program’s schedule is The Night of the Hunter (1955), the only film directed by British actor Charles Laughton, as well as the Werner Herzog film Aguirre, the Wrath of God (1972), about the Spanish conquistadores’ expedition down the Amazon River in search of gold and treasure. Completely different than the former two is The Margin (1967), by Brazilian director Ozualdo Ribeiro Candeias – a work that balances somewhere between a feature film, a cinematographic experiment, and a documentary.