European Union Film Festival 2023
- Soviet Milk
- Mātes piens
- Ināra Kolmane
- 110 DCP
- EUFF 2023
- November 22 (Wednesday) 8:20
“Maintains a high poetic intensity … A great merit of [Inara Kolmane’s film] is that she—without exaggeration and didacticism—is able to build a serious foundation of humanism.”Dmitry Rantsev, Arterritory
Based on the internationally bestselling novel by renowned Latvian author Nora Ikstena, Soviet Milk is a powerful mother-daughter drama set in the era of the Soviet occupation of Latvia. Unfolding between 1945 and 1989, the film revolves around the life of Astra, a promising doctor who loses everything due to her opposition to the totalitarian Soviet regime: her career, her love for life, and even her maternal instinct to breastfeed her baby. “I didn’t want to live and I didn’t want her to drink milk from a mother who doesn’t want to live.” As the years of struggle go by, her now grown-up daughter becomes her lifeline, trying to ease Astra’s depression and help her learn to live under the Soviet regime—a regime whose collapse may be on the horizon. An inspiring tale of love and loyalty.
In Latvian and Russian with English subtitles
December 1 (Friday) through
December 17 (Sunday)
To stream this film:
Follow this link to the virtual platform.
Purchase a ticket for $12 (plus tax) or purchase a multi-film pass (details below).
This film is available to stream in Canada only.
Please note: Tickets to in-person screenings do not include access to online EUFF offerings, nor vice versa.