On 4 September, the National Library of Latvia (NLL) will present a Cultural Canon White Night programme. The event will be part of the annual contemporary White Night cultural forum, which this year is dedicated to the 120th Anniversary of Latvian poet Aleksandrs Čaks. From 20:30 to 23:30 the NLL will offer an outdoor cinema, a pop-up exhibition of handwritten poems by Aleksandrs Čaks, an exhibition dedicated to Latvian stage director Oļģerts Kroders and the opportunity to enjoy a view of nocturnal Riga vistas. Entrance to all events is free.
Cultural Canon Outdoor Cinema (National Library of Latvia Delivery ramp of on the Valguma iela side)*
20:30 Ten Minutes Older (1978), documentary, directed by Hercs Franks
This 10-minute film is a fascinating experiment that attempts to relay the full gamut of human emotions in 10 minutes. It was shot in a single frame without any editing. A documentary classic, it is still shown to film students and at international festivals as a great example of "pure thought".
20:50 Ābols upē (An Apple in the River), 1974, feature film directed by Aivars Freimanis
On the one hand, there is Rīga – modern, filled with new apartment blocks, living in the rhythm of a capital city. And then there are islands, hidden on the river Daugava, where life runs by completely different rules. The film shows the lives of the residents of a small river Daugava island and examines how their quiet village life has existed in parallel with the rapid industrialisation of the capital, just a few hundred metres away on the river's other shore.
22:15 The White Bells (1961) documentary, scriptwriter Hercs Franks, directed by Ivars Kraulītis
A hybrid of fiction and documentary cinema tropes. Roaming through the crowds and industrial obstacles of a capital city, a little girl seeks flowers – white bells she saw in a window and fell in love with.
22:50 Četri balti krekli (Four White Shirts, 1967), feature film directed by Rolands Kalniņš
The film centres around Cēzars Kalniņš, by day a telephone repairman, by night the charismatic leader of the youthful Optimisti rock band (The Optimists). Cēzars' lyrics increasingly endorse sexual freedom and reject hypocritical social values, until he is reported to the authorities by moralistic official Anita Sondore. A Kafkaesque struggle ensues between petty bureaucrats demanding changes to the group's material, band members willing to compromise, and stubborn, idealistic Cēzars. This battle between creative freedom and the dead hand of censorship also engulfed the film itself.
* Entrance to films with personal ID and a valid COVID-19 certificate or a negative laboratory test (valid for 96 hours). Viewers should wear masks and follow epidemiological safety measures.
20:30-22:30 Pop-up exhibition of handwritten notes of Latvian poet Aleksandrs Čaks and panoramic city view (NLL, Level 11)**
The manuscripts will only be exhibited on this evening and visitors will also be able to enjoy the view over Rīga from the Library's observation deck.
20:30-22:30 Es varētu būt bibliotekārs (I Could be Librarian) Exhibition (NLL Atrium, Level 1)**
Exhibition dedicated to the centenary of Latvian stage director Oļģerts Kroders.
** Entrance to the building only with personal ID and a valid COVID-19 certificate.
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