An exhibition Witness to a Century. An Encounter with Valentīna Freimane, celebrating the renowned film and theatre researcher's centenary will be opened at 16.00 on 13 April. The exhibition will be open until 3 September; entrance is free.
The exhibition opening will be accompanied by a screening of Rosa von Praunheim's documentary Valentīna, Ilona Brūvere's portrait film Mūža stipendiāti. Kinozinātniece Valentīna Freimane (Lifelong Stipendiaries. Film critic Valentīna Freimane) and an interview with Valentīna Freimane made by the Labvakar production team. The film screening was made in cooperation with the Goethe Institute in Latvia.
Theatre and film researcher, holder of a doctorate in art history – Valentīna Freimane's (1922–2018) name is immediately associated with the improvement and inclusion of the Latvian cultural environment in the context of global culture. Despite the obstacles posed by the political regime, Freimane had been creating an alternative education system since the 1960s, becoming a "window to Europe" for several generations of Soviet-era students, disseminating knowledge and facilitating understanding of world theatre and cinema processes, personalities and phenomena, but after the restoration of independence, she told the world about the culture and history of Latvia. Throughout her life, Freimane lived with the conviction that it is not circumstances that create a person, but a person creates their own circumstances.
The Witness to a Century. An Encounter with Valentīna Freimane exhibition will introduce her life story, which will be revealed through the reflections of this important personality, as well as a rich collection of artifacts and documents from Freimane's personal archive, the NLL collection, the Dailes Theatre, Latvian State Archive of Audiovisual Documents and several personal archives. The exhibition will also feature items from Freimane's life in Rīga and Berlin. The exhibition will give visitors the opportunity to appreciate 20th century experience through a personal life story, allowing them to reflect on the importance of human will in changing the world and conditions around us.
Film researcher Anita Uzulniece and theatre researcher Margarita Zieda chose the exhibition textual contents and expositions. The exhibition was implemented with the support of the State Culture Capital Fund, the NLL Foundation and SIA PM-TM.
The Witness to a Century. An Encounter with Valentīna Freimane exhibition will be complementing by four film lectures at the NLL (venues will be advised on the day):
- 11 May at 18.00 – Children of Paradise (1946, Marcel Carné)
- 15 June at 18.00 – L'Atalante (1934, Jean Vigo)
- 19 July at 18.00 – Orpheus (1950, Jean Cocteau)
- 3 August at 18.00 – Monsieur Hulot’s Holiday (1953, Jacques Tati)
Each film lecture will start with Valentīna Freimane's introductory words, as presented. at the Cēsis Art Festival in 2011. Entrance is free.
The film lectures have been produced in cooperation with the French Institute in Latvia and the Cēsis Art Festival.
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