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The film production company MISTRUS MEDIA was established in 2000 by Gints Grube and has since become one of the leading film studios in Latvia. MISTRUS MEDIA is a producer of feature fiction films, feature documentaries, as well as a provider of filming and location services and a producer of industrial films and commercials.

The productions of MISTRUS MEDIA have received several national and international festival awards and they have been broadcast on TV stations worldwide. In 2019 historical drama “The Mover) by dir. Davis Simanis was premiered at Moscow IFF Main competition, in November, 2016 historical drama produced by MISTRUS MEDIA - The Chronicles of Melanie (dir. Viestur Kairish, prod. Gints Grube, Inese Boka-Grube), an international co-production, was premiered at the Tallinn Black Nights Film Festival, International Competition and received the award for the Best Cinematography In 2018 MISTRUS MEDIA released 5 feature films, a documentary To be Continued by the legendary filmmaker Ivars Seleckis. documentary Lustrum (dir. Gints Grube),  in 2019 documentary My father the spy (dir. Jaak Kilmi, Gints Grube), feature film Breathing into Marble, minority co-producer (dir. Giedre Beinoriute), premiere in KVIFF

Recent years have seen our film studio cooperate with a number of countries, working both on complex joint productions of international films and providing professional services to foreign companies shooting their films in Latvia. Over the last four years, the volume and range of the output of my company has grown rapidly, including both fiction and documentary films and TV projects. Most of my own and other films produced by Mistrus Media studio are financed with the support of the Creative Europe development funding; for two of our films, we have also received support from Media TV Broadcasting. The focus of production of all our films is on finding a universal European auteur-film approach to the narrative and a potential for international distribution.




Company Highlights


Format:            Feature Film

Genre:              Drama

Director:          Davis Simanis

Screenplay:     Davis Simanis, Matiss Gricmanis

Cast:                 Arturs Skrastins


Hardly anyone would have predicted that Žanis Lipke would miraculously become a hero. He was a completely ordinary Latvian blue-collar worker who had his share of worry and problems. After Latvia was annexed by the USSR in 1940, Žanis's daughter became a Communist and when it was occupied by Nazi Germany, she disappeared. In order to be able to support his family under wartime conditions, he worked at the German military aviation warehouses and supplemented his income by smuggling at night. Yet as soon as the German occupation regime began its bloody repressions against Riga's Jews, he made the hardly simple but humane decision that could prove lethal not only to himself but also to his wife and son. In the same lorry that was recently used to transport bootleg alcohol, dozens of people were plucked -- literally, from under German noses -- out of the Riga Ghetto and forced labour sites. As soon as their temporary hiding place came under threat of being discovered, Žanis made an even more audacious decision and began sheltering Jews at his own home, in a specially dug underground bunker under his shed. His wife Johanna and young son Zigis also became involved in the rescue operations. As one of the rescued later said: Žanis and his deed of rescuing complete strangers under the reigning conditions of cruelty constituted a genuine miracle. This film tells the story of the secret of Žanis Lipke's courage, attempting to understand and answer the question whether the key is Žanis's adventurous and daring spirit, stubbornness, or a sense of responsibility with regard to one's neighbour.  


Moscow International FF




Format:            Feature film

Genre:              Drama

Director:          Viesturs Kairish

Screenplay:     Viesturs Kairish

Cast:                 Sabine Timoteo, Guna Zarina, Lilita Ozolina, Maija Doveika, 

The night of June 14, 1941 brought death and destruction to over forty thousand individuals deported from Latvia, Lithuania and Estonia to Siberia under the order of Stalin. Stuffed in train cattle cars, among them are the Vanags family - Melanie and her little son Andrei, forcibly separated from her husband Alexander. After long and difficult journey Melanie and other deported women find themselves in Siberia. The promised reuniting with the men does not happen. Instead, they are herded into a temporary camp and are asked to sign a paper stating that they have chosen voluntarily to stay in Siberia for twenty years. 


WP Tallin Black Nights main competition: Award Best cinematography




Genre:              Documentary

Director:          Ivars Seleckis

Screenplay:     Ivars Seleckis, Dace Dzenovska, Gints Grube


The film was shot over a period of two years, from September 2015, when, three years before the Latvian Centenary, five children started school in different parts of Latvia. The ‘TO BE CONTINUED’ documentary follows their lives throughout their first school year. Karlis's family is firmly rooted in the Latvian countryside. Gleb's grandparents came to Latvia only in the Soviet period. Zane's family are first-generation urban-dwellers. Anastasija's family moved from the city to the countryside. Anete's mum lives and works in England. The film explores how these choices made by adults are reflected in a child's thinking. TO BE CONTINUED’  is the first part of a planned long-term observational documentary series focusing on five Latvian-born children. The series aims to return to the protagonists of the first documentary every seven years, continuing to record the developments in their life over time.


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