Mellow Mud

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LENGTH: 105 min
YEAR: 2015
GENRE: Drama
LANGUAGE: Latvian w/English subtitles
DIRECTOR: Renārs Vimba
CAST: Elīna Vaska, Andžejs Jānis Lilientāls, Edgars Samītis, Zane Jančevska, Ruta Birgere, Rēzija Kalniņa
CREW: SCREENWRITER: Renārs Vimba; CINEMATAGRAPHER: Arnar Thorisson; EDITOR: Georgios Mavropsaridis; MUSIC: Ēriks Ešenvalds; PRODUCER: Aija Bērziņa & Alise Ģelze


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Loneliness, disillusionment and the experience of first love reveal the character of Raya, a 17-year-old living in rural Latvia with her grandmother and her little brother Robis. A staggering turn of events shakes up their lives, and the young girl must come to decisions that even a grown woman would find difficult to make.

In his strong debut feature, director Renārs Vimba tackles the delicate theme of coming-of-age and accepts the challenge of telling the story through the eyes of a young girl.




hollywood_reporterThe Hollywood Reporter
By Stephen Dalton

“Talented young leads elevate this bittersweet Baltic tale of adolescent angst.”

By Alissa Simon

“Harsh circumstances force a resourceful and determined Latvian lass to mature beyond her years in “Mellow Mud,” a compelling, bittersweet coming-of-ager from first-time feature helmer-writer Renars Vimba. This evocatively shot realist tale benefits from a spare yet credible script and a knockout performance from big-screen debutant Elina Vaska, who conveys her character’s feelings of anger, abandonment, responsibility and first love with conviction and authenticity. “


  • Berlinale Generation 2016; Titanic Budapest IFF, Hungary;
  • Cyprus Film Days IFF, Cyprus – Best Director Award;
  • Kristiansand International Children’s Film Festival, Denmark;
  • Ankara International Film Festival, Turkey;
  • Cinema in Sneakers, Film Festival for Children & Youth, Poland;
  • Festival International du Film – La Rochelle, France;
  • Karlovy Vary IFF, Czech Republic –  Variety Critics’ Choice;
  • Guanajuato International Film Festival, Mexico;
  • Sarajevo FF – Kinoscope, Bosnia and Herzegovina;
  • Giffoni Film Festival, Italy;
  • Der neue Heimat, Freistadt, Austria – Special mention;
  • Baltic Debut Film Festival, Russia – Grand Prix for the Best Film;
  • IFF “East & West”, Odenburg, Russia –  Grand-Prix for the Best Film, Best Actress, Russian Film Critics Prize;
  • Helsinki IFF – Love & Anarchy, Finland;
  • Silk Road IFF, China;
  • Reykjavik IFF, Island;
  • CinEast, Luxembourg – GRAND PRIX;
  • Filmfest Osnabrück, Germany – Audience Award;
  • National Film Festival LIELAIS KRISTAPS, Latvia – Best Feature Film, Best Actress, Best Scriptwriter Award;
  • Nordische Filmtage Lübeck, Germany  Children and Youth Jury Award,
  • Noordelijk Film Festival, Holland;
  • Arras Film Festival, France;
  • Filmfest Braunschweig, Germany;
  • Cork Film Festival, Irland;
  • Bratislava IFF, Slovakia – Student Award;
  • Athen IFF, Greece;
  • International Film Festival of India, Goa, India – Best Actor (Female) Award;
  • Beginning Film Festival, St. Petersburg, Russia;
  • Olympia Int’l Film Festival for Children and Young People, Greece – Best Director, Best screenplay, Best young actress in feature film;
  • Baltic film Days at the Cinemateque, Oslo;
  • Day for Night FF, UK;
  • Palm Springs IFF, USA – Special Mention (New Voices/New Visions section);
  • Tromsø IFF, Norway;
  • Trieste Film Festival, Italy;
  • Bengaluru International Film Festival, India;
  • Festival International du Film d’Aubagne, France – Best Directing, Best Actress;
  • Minneapolis St. Paul International Film Festival, USA;
  • EU Film Festival in L.A., USA;
  • Seattle IFF, USA;
  • PriFest, Kosovo – Best European Film Award, Media Jury Award;
  • European Union Film Festival, Singapore;
  • Slemani IFF, Iraq;
  • The European Union Film Festival, Canada;
  • AFI European Union Film Showcase, USA


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