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Latvia's Official Oscar Submission


Blizzard of Souls pays stark witness to the horrors and brutality of the First World War, as seen through the eyes of an innocent 17-year-old farm-boy turned soldier. Though he is underage, and his dad, a former marksman, is overage for the army, they are both conscripted into one of Latvia’s first national battalions. The thrill of training is soon followed by reality, as shells burst around them in the endless mud. He grows up on the battlefield, fighting at the side of his father and brother, their lives are constantly in jeopardy.


Adapted from the book by Aleksandrs Grins, which was banned in the U.S.S.R., the story was based on Grins’ own war experiences in a Latvian battalion, and the film is the biggest box office success in Latvia in the past 30 years.

  • Year
    2019
  • Runtime
    123 minutes
  • Language
    Latvian
  • Country
    Latvia
  • Rating
    NR
  • Director
    Dzintars Dreibergs
  • Screenwriter
    Dzintars Dreibergs, Boriss Frumins. Based on the novel by Aleksandrs Grins
  • Producer
    Dzintars Dreibergs, Inga Pranevska
  • Cast
    Oto Brantevics, Martins Vilsons, Rezija Kalnina, Raimonds Celms, Jekabs Reinis, Renars Zeltins, Vilis Daudzins, Ieva Florence, Gatis Gaga, Greta Trusina
  • Cinematographer
    Valdis Celmins
  • Editor
    Gatis Belogrudovs
  • Production Design
    Juris Zhukovskis
  • Sound Design
    Aleksandrs Vaicahovskis
  • Music
    Lolita Ritmanis