RUCH AND NORIE

RUČS UN NORIE

By Ināra KOLMANE

FILM STUDIO DEVINI - as PROD

Documentary - Completed 2015

“Ruch and Norie” is a human interest story about two contrasting people striking up a surprising spiritual relationship. After Japanese student Norie meets the old lady Ruch in Latvia, she wishes she could stay with Ruch forever. Norie thinks she has found a new grandma figure.

Festivals
& Awards

Latvian National Film Festival Lielais Kristaps 2015
Best Documentary, Best Director, Best Screenplay, Best Photography
European Union Film Festival in Singapore 2016
Riga International Film Festival 2016
European Union Film Festival in Japan 2016
DOKER International Documentary Film Festival 2016
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    • Year of production
    • 2015
    • Genres
    • Documentary
    • Countries
    • LATVIA
    • Languages
    • LATVIAN, JAPANESE
    • Budget
    • 0.6 - 1 M$
    • Duration
    • 52 mn
    • Director(s)
    • Ināra KOLMANE
    • Writer(s)
    • Ināra KOLMANE
    • Producer(s)
    • Marta MANNENBACH, Janis JUHNEVIS, Ināra KOLMANE
    • Synopsis
    • “Ruch and Norie” is a heart-warming story about a phenomenal friendship between a Japanese girl Norie and 82 year old woman nicknamed Ruch from the Suiti ethnographic community in Courland (Latvia). The protagonist and narrator of the film is Norie Tsuruta, who comes from Kyoto to Alsunga in Latvia to study Suiti for her Master’s thesis in Anthropology. But soon her academic interest transforms into something she never expected – a strong bond with the oldest member of the community she sees as her grandmother figure. Now Norie wishes she had two bodies to be in Japan and with Ruch at the same time. Through both characters, the documentary highlights the hardships their friendship has to go through and important human qualities that help to maintain it making this a universal story about the beauty of human relationship.
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