Films

Firstborn

Firstborn, "Pirmdzimtais"

Synopsis

Director

During an evening of partying with their friends, we see the early cracks of doubt that Francis (Kaspars Znotins), a meek architect, has about his beautiful wife Katrina’s (Maija Doveika) perception of him. As they play a game of lies, Katrina’s descriptive story of lust for another man rings far too true for Francis, planting further seeds of doubt deep within his psyche.

As they journey home from the gathering, Katrina is nearly run down by a man speeding by on a motorcycle, prompting her to yell after him in anger. This confrontation exacerbates the situation with the cyclist, leads to an ugly assault on the couple and further tarnishes their diminishing relationship.

A combination of this initial conflict, Katrina’s later pregnancy and deep-seated insecurity sets off a series of events that snowball into murder, blackmail and Francis’ discovery of unforeseen and pernicious connections. Will it also awaken the animal instincts that he desires to display to his loving wife?

Karapetian’s deft script and direction prevents a heavy handed one-dimensional delivery of what could very well be a standard dramatic tale. „Firstborn’s“ cerebral twists continually ramp up in complexity and tension through the use of tonally shifting, string-based musical queues and beautifully framed shots. It shines, not just as an excellent Latvian thriller, but as an outstanding, compelling and complex brain-twister. – Noah Lee, Fantastic Fest

Aik Karapetian

(b. 1983, Armenia) grew up and went to school in Latvia. He graduated in direction from the Latvian Academy of Culture, subsequently taking a degree from the Académie Internationale des Arts ESEC in Paris. He has worked on a number of short films as a director and screenwriter, and presented them at numerous film festivals. In 2011 he directed a production of Rossini’s „The Barber of Seville“ for the Latvian National Opera, which took the award for best performance of the season. His feature debut „People Out There“ was shown many of festivals and screened at PÖFF debut films competition. His second feature „The Man With Orange Jacket“ was screened also at PÖFF programme.

Filmography

  • Cilveki tur (Inimesed kusagil, PÖFF 2012)
  • The Man in the Orange Jacket (Mees oranžis jakis, PÖFF 2014)
  • Pirmdzimtais (Firstborn, 2017)

Schedule

20.11.2017
19:00 - 20:50
Tallinn, 
Coca-Cola Plaza
Hall 3
Subtitles: ENG
Screening code: 040202
Guests (1)
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Movie guests:  Producer Roberts Vinovskis
29.11.2017
19:30 - 21:00
Tartu, 
Cinamon
Hall 4
Subtitles: ENG
Screening code: 131802
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03.12.2017
21:15 - 22:45
Tallinn, 
Kino Sõprus
Subtitles: ENG
Screening code: 171704
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Screenings with guests might end later than expected.

Programme

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Film info

Country: Latvia
Year: 2017
Duration: 90 minutes
Language: Latvian
Director: Aik Karapetian
Producer: Roberts Vinovskis
Writer: Aik Karapetian
DOP: Janis Eglitis
Composer: Andris Dzenitis
Cast: Maija Doveika, Kaspars Znotins, Dainis Grube, Kaspars Zale
Production: Locomotive Productions
Distributor: Locomotive Productions
Festivals: Fantastic Fest, Sitges

Synopsis

Director

During an evening of partying with their friends, we see the early cracks of doubt that Francis (Kaspars Znotins), a meek architect, has about his beautiful wife Katrina’s (Maija Doveika) perception of him. As they play a game of lies, Katrina’s descriptive story of lust for another man rings far too true for Francis, planting further seeds of doubt deep within his psyche.

As they journey home from the gathering, Katrina is nearly run down by a man speeding by on a motorcycle, prompting her to yell after him in anger. This confrontation exacerbates the situation with the cyclist, leads to an ugly assault on the couple and further tarnishes their diminishing relationship.

A combination of this initial conflict, Katrina’s later pregnancy and deep-seated insecurity sets off a series of events that snowball into murder, blackmail and Francis’ discovery of unforeseen and pernicious connections. Will it also awaken the animal instincts that he desires to display to his loving wife?

Karapetian’s deft script and direction prevents a heavy handed one-dimensional delivery of what could very well be a standard dramatic tale. „Firstborn’s“ cerebral twists continually ramp up in complexity and tension through the use of tonally shifting, string-based musical queues and beautifully framed shots. It shines, not just as an excellent Latvian thriller, but as an outstanding, compelling and complex brain-twister. – Noah Lee, Fantastic Fest

Aik Karapetian

(b. 1983, Armenia) grew up and went to school in Latvia. He graduated in direction from the Latvian Academy of Culture, subsequently taking a degree from the Académie Internationale des Arts ESEC in Paris. He has worked on a number of short films as a director and screenwriter, and presented them at numerous film festivals. In 2011 he directed a production of Rossini’s „The Barber of Seville“ for the Latvian National Opera, which took the award for best performance of the season. His feature debut „People Out There“ was shown many of festivals and screened at PÖFF debut films competition. His second feature „The Man With Orange Jacket“ was screened also at PÖFF programme.

Filmography

  • Cilveki tur (Inimesed kusagil, PÖFF 2012)
  • The Man in the Orange Jacket (Mees oranžis jakis, PÖFF 2014)
  • Pirmdzimtais (Firstborn, 2017)