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The Northern Star
A young idealist wandering around 18th-century Italy is confronted by a number of intriguing historical characters as he collects objects for his upcoming public museum, which nobody needs except for him.
Young idealist Nikolaus von Himsel, who wanders around 18th-century Italy, is confronted by a number of intriguing characters as he collects historical artefacts for his upcoming public museum. He makes his journey through a colourful historical world mixed with a lively imagination and playful music.
I want to make this movie because I would love to be my character, who has a clear heart and the strength to lift everyone. I would love to see a society where humans are rich by making do without unnecessary things, by having open hearts, by having the time to stop and look around to see how fragile our world is. The world is a miracle. But sometimes you need someone who can show those miracles to you!
Sniedze Kāle has curated numerous exhibitions. Since 2019, she has devoted herself to the animated film studio Studija Kokles. After five years of managing a private art institution, she acquired the experience necessary to head the studio. Having produced the short film The End in 2019, she turned to developing the feature film The Northern Star. Since 2020, she has been a jury member of the Riga International Film Festival Short preselection commission.
Director and Scriptwriter
Kārlis Vītols is the director and screenwriter of ten animated shorts. Alongside the trilogy, he has created films adapting material from myths and fairy tales, including his debut The Trophy (2004), Minotaur (2016), and Swan Maiden (2020). Since 2020, he has been working on the script of his first feature-length film. He has received awards, and his short films have been selected for such festivals as the Annecy IAFF, the ISFF Oberhausen, Animafest Zagreb, the Clermont-Ferrand ISFF, etc.
Country of production
Production companyStudija kokles