“Kurts Fridrihsons“, documentary movie by Dzintra Geka, online, Y2018, 78 min. 1920*1080. Studio SB.
This personal Latvian writer’s Gundega Repše’s story about a Latvian artist, spiritual teacher, outsider and nonconformist Kurts Fridrihsons.
The significance of Kurts Fridrihsons (1911-1991) reaches beyond the importance of his art, because during the Soviet period there were not many personalities refusing to comply with the regime while at the same time being outstanding artists. The charm and lightness that Fridrihsons preserved from pre-war civilized Europe and the free, lost Latvia was a harsh contrast to the realities of Soviet life. He was a model and inspiration for many people whose spiritual world refused to accept the existing system. The greater the distance between Fridrihsons’ lifetime and the present day, the more diversely and clearly we see the aloof and exceptional power of his personality.
Unlike the thousands of people who excuse themselves today for collaborating with the system with phrases like “Such were the times!”, thus justifying their non-resistance and compliance and their role as little bolts in the system, Fridrihsons – the loner and an example for a different option – is existentially important.
Director and producer: Dzintra Geka
Screenplay Gundega Repše
Cameraman: Viktors Grībermans, Aivars Lubānietis
Editor Madara Didrihsone, Juta Brauna, Sergejs Usanovs, Armands Zvirbulis
Music Gustavs Fridrihsons, Pēteris Vasks, Artūrs Maskats, Santa Ratniece
Kurts Fridrihsons performed by Tālivaldis Lasmanis