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Latvia’s Oscar Submission, THE PIT, a Dark, Atmospheric Coming-of-Age Story, Makes its North American Premiere EXCLUSIVELY on Film Movement Plus on 12/17

THE PIT, AN ATMOSPHERIC AND DARK COMING-OF-AGE STORY
— LATVIA’S OSCAR ENTRY FOR BEST INTERNATIONAL FILM IN 2022 –MAKES ITS NORTH AMERICAN PREMIERE
ON DECEMBER 17, 2021
Rebellious and angry 10-year-old Markuss (played by talented newcomer Damirs Onackis) is sent to the Latvian countryside to live with his strict grandmother (Dace Eversa). Forced to adapt to an unfamiliar life in an unwelcoming new neighborhood, he seeks new friends. Yet, after Emīlija (Luize Birkenberga), a neighbor’s daughter, makes some contemptuous remarks about his father, Markuss decides to teach her a cruel lesson, which leads to severe repercussions throughout the village. The only person who seems to understand Markuss and his secrets is an outcast old sailor who lives alone and also has something to hide from his neighbors.
The consequences of hatred, guilt and revenge are explored in the atmospheric coming-of-age thriller, THE PIT, director Dace Puce’s feature film debut which had its international premiere at the Talinn Black Nights Film Festival in the Baltic Film Competition. Latvia’s 2022 submission for Best International Film at the Academy Awards® is based on a series of true stories from Latvian writer Jana Egle.

THE PIT (2020)
Directed by: Dace Puce
Written by: Dace Puce and Monta Gagane, Jana Egle (story)
Cast: Damirs Onackis, Agata Buzek, Egons Dombrovskis, Indra Burkovska, Luize Birkenberga, Dace Eversa, Luize Birkenberga
Produced by:Klaus Heydemann, Kristele Pudane, Elina Zazerska
Director of Photography: Gatis Grinbergs
Genre: World Cinema/Drama
RT: 107 minutes
Aspect Ratio: 1.85: 1
Sound: 2.0 Stereo
Language: Latvian with English Subtitles

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