Magazine article Screen International

Latvia Submits Animation to Oscar Race

Magazine article Screen International

Latvia Submits Animation to Oscar Race

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Feature-length animation Rocks In my Pockets is Latvia's entry for the Academy Awards.

Rocks In my Pockets by New York-based Latvian animator Signe Baumane is to represent Latvia in the run for the Oscars in the Best Foreign-Language Film category.

The film is currently on release in the US through Zeitgeist Films and has had an extended run at New York's IFC Center.

Baumane and co-producer Sturgis Warner will also submit the film for the Oscar's Animated Feature Film category.

The Latvia-US production is a personal story of the animator and tackles depression. The film tells the story of five women from Baumane's family, including herself, and their battles with madness.

The film world premiered as the first ever animation in the international competition of the Karlovy Vary Film Festival where it picked up the FIPRESCI award and Special Mention of the Ecumenical jury. …

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