Boston Baltic Film Festival Dispatch #1: UpurgaKalev

Sometimes we find memorable images in the wrong places. At least, that’s what happens to Instagram influencer Mara (Elvita Ragovska) on her vegan hot dog video shoot near the Latvian-Estonian border in Upurga, where the indigenous Livonians live a life intimately connected to the land they live on, completely aware of its snares and vices. The end product results somewhere between Jordan Peele’s Nope (2022) and The Blair Witch Project (1999), with a little bit of Livonian folklore sprinkled in.

Mara’s joined by her adventure tour guide brother Andrejs (Igors Selegovskis), amateur cinematographer Oskars (Reinis Boters), boyfriend Matiass (Rihards Sniegs), and ad agency marketer Eva (Inga Tropa). But, as these movies tend to go, there’s something going on near the film’s dark and creepy river, and the group finds themselves separated before long. 

Continue reading at the Boston Hassle.

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