1988 September 23 – October 1

The first International Film Forum Arsenāls takes place. 

1990 April 4

The Riga Film Studio is restructured, leaving several small studios and the base of technical equipment in its place.  

1991 January

Cinematographer Andris Slapiņš is killed in the battle for independence, and cinematographer Gvido Zvaigzne dies from the injuries he sustains.  

1991 May 21
  • Laura Dern and Nicolas Cage in Wild at Heart 

David Lynch’s Wild at Heart wins at the Cannes Film Festival. Thanks to this, Lynch’s provocative, post-modern style becomes world famous. 

1991 December 15

The Latvian National Centre for Cinematography is established at the Ministry of Culture.  


Jurassic Park: “real dinosaurs” made with the help of computer graphics is proof of the ever-increasing influence of computer graphics in Hollywood. 

  • The Idiots (dir. Lars von Trier) 

The last cinema manifesto of the 20th century – the Danish Dogme 95. Danish directors Lars von Trier and Thomas Vinterberg invite filmmakers to take a “vow of chastity” – shunning special effects, complicated plots, professional lighting, commercialism etc., and return to the essence of film – realism. 

1995 February

Nils Skapāns animation film Let’s Fly?! (“Lidojam?!”) is awarded the Crystal Bear at the Berlinale. 

1996 May 19

The Ferry (“Prāmis”) and The Mail (“Pasts”) by Laila Pakalniņa win an award at the Cannes Film Festival.  

1997 November 21

Opening of Jānis Streičs’ film The Mill of Fate (“Likteņdzirnas”) – the first state financed feature after a hiatus of several years. 

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