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Prayer on the Cross



Latvia, 2008, 35 mm - Color - 52

DIRECTED BY:
Dzidra Smiltena

CAST:
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SCREENPLAY:
Dzidra Smiltena

PHOTOGRAPHY:
Agris Birzulis

EDITING:
Dzidra Smiltena

SET DESIGN:
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PRODUCER:
Dzidra Smiltena , Karlis Rudzitis

PRODUCTION:
Advertising agency "Balti" Ltd.

WORLD SALES:
Advertising agency "Balti" Ltd.

STORY DESCRIPTION:

„Prayer on the Cross” (Synopsis)The film image Latvian Bishop Boleslavs Sloskans life story, which develop in difficult century. The fact that his illegal ordain of Bishop was in Moscow – communism empire center, testify that this clergyman had a strong faith and apostle believe. For many years hi was in communism jail, isolation in Siberia camps. After Second World War, when Bishops life end up in emigration and when communism empire was collapse, his human remains have return to mother land – Latvia, and bury on solemnity ceremony in Aglonas basilica.
DIRECTOR BIOGRAPHICAL NOTE:

CURRICULUM VITAEPersonal data Name, Surname Dzidra Smiltēna Date of birth 06.03.1947. Adress Skuju iela 6, Saulkrasti, Rīgas rajons, Latvija Phone 7804160; 27200001 E-mail balti@balti.lv; dzidra@balti.lvDocumentary films from director Dzidra Smiltēna.1. „Jūras vilnis” (eng.- „Sea wave”) – director Dzidra Smiltena, camerman Jānis Eglītis ( Betacam, coloured, 10min.) year 2001. Description – film is story about people who live in the coast of Baltic sea, and are fishermans in many generations. And now, after Latvia have got back their independence they running company – „Brīvais vilnis” (eng.-„Free wave”).2. „Koka otrais mūžs” (eng.-„Tree second life”) - director Dzidra Smiltena, camerman Kārlis Kārkliņš ( Betacam, coloured, 10min.) year 2003. Description - messege of film is that how tree after is has cut off are used to build new homes and continue to live further.And glad people for century’s.3. „ Mājas” (eng.-„Home”) - director Dzidra Smiltena, camerman Kārlis Kārkliņš ( Betacam, coloured, 10min.) year 2003. Description – Film story is about wood house building in - „Zemgales tehnoloģiskajā centrā” (eng. – „Zemgales technology centre”).4. „ Uzmanību-spriegums” (eng.- „Attention-voltage”) - director Dzidra Smiltena, camerman Kārlis Kārkliņš ( Betacam, coloured, 10min.) year 1998. Description – electricity serve to people, make house comfortable, makes life much easy, but in the same time it is very dangerous to humans life and health. Film present what can electricity do if people dont pay attention to that and what injury can it make.5. „Kā labāk ražot” (eng. – „How to produce better”) - director Dzidra Smiltena, camerman Andris Bētiņš ( Betacam, coloured, 10min.) year 2002. Description – film show how firm „Vesto” produce bandsaw’s for wood working industry.6. „ Tehnika kokapstrādei” (eng.- „Technology for woodworking”) - director Dzidra Smiltena, camerman Andris Bētiņš ( Betacam, coloured, 10min.) year 2002. Description – The film show new technology for woodworking from firm „Auces tehnika”.7. „Mantojums” (eng. – „Heritage”) - director Dzidra Smiltena, camerman Andris Bētiņš ( Betacam, coloured, 10min.) year 2005. Description – Film show woodworking development in Latvia.8. „ Desmit gadi kopsolī” (eng. – „Ten years in joint pace”) - director Dzidra Smiltena, camerman Egils Kurpnieks ( Betacam, coloured, 10min.) year 2007. Description – Film story is about big Latvian company. Humanity, events, daily work. All together that have give experienc.9. „ No bērzu birztalas līdz saplāksnim” (eng. – „From birch-tree to plywood”) - director Dzidra Smiltena, camerman Kārlis Kārkliņš ( Betacam, coloured, 30min.) year 2005. Description – „Latvijas finieris” is major company in wood-processing industry in Latvia. At the same time this company have decades of working experience and history.10. „Meža vilinājums” (eng.-„Temtation of forest”) - director Dzidra Smiltena, camerman Egils Kurpnieks ( Betacam, coloured, 60min.) year 2009. Description – Story of film is about „Agronomy Universty of Latvia” Forestry faculty and those who have graduate it.11. „Lūgšana krustā” (eng.- „Prayer on the Cross”) - director Dzidra Smiltena, camerman Miks Zvirbulis, Jānis Eglītis, Agris Birzulis (Direct material – 35mm film, in end version digital and Betacam, coulured, 52 min.) year 2008. Description – The life story of Latvian Bishop Boleslavs Sloskans, about his battle against totalitarian regime in deportation in Siberia.Mrs. Dzidra Smiltēna have work in Latvian Television. She have made many TV programs, movie descriptions, shortfilms. More then ten documentary film producer. Two well know Latvian directors and actor Gunars Cilinskis full-lenght art movies „Vilkaču mantiniece” (eng.- „Werewolf heiress”) and „Indrāni” redactor.

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