First film - Development 2017

There is always somebody upstairs and there is always somebody downstairs, but it doesn’t really matter, because we all feel the same.

    • Year of production
    • 2017
    • Genres
    • First film, Historical
    • Countries
    • LATVIA
    • Writer(s)
    • Martin SLISANS
    • Producer(s)
    • Guna STAHOVSKA (Mojo Raiser Production)
    • Synopsis
    • Two apartments for two families… At least that’s what the constructors of the house thought, but it’s not the turn of the 20th century anymore, the time when Sergey Eisenstein’s father was erecting fancy apartment buildings in Riga.
      It’s Soviet Union, 1961. Yuri Gagarin is the first man in the outer space. J.F. Kennedy has just been elected the president of United States. And nobody has heard of missiles in Cuba. It’s the happiest day in cold times, but no-one really notices. Because life is just there, right in front of your eyes: love and sorrow, small mischief and big betrayal.
      In the apartment above lives only the family of an army officer. On the contrary the apartment below is quite crowded, three families – Latvian, Russian and Jewish – live here and there is even space for a street sweep and his grandson at the end of the hall-way. It’s life in a Soviet style communal apartment – the humane comedy in all its splendor.
      The odd thing is they don’t speak to each other… They smile, they dance, they listen to the radio; they fall in love and read papers. Still we witness how life is shaped by coveting thy neighbor’s wife and property. How young people are warned off putting their eyes on the opposite sex, but they still do. How families are born from a single kiss. How love vanishes and a routine sets in. How children grow up and go to school; and how they discover love… again. And how you grow old and don’t even notice it.
      The tide of history and life is measured by seven year yardstick and background and
      destinies of our heroes turn out to be very different,but what we see emerging from that is common humanity. We’re surprised to see that however different we think we are very much alike, and the “human comedy” is experienced and lived by every generation again and anew.