Magazine article Screen International

First Japan-Baltics Co-Pro Announced

Magazine article Screen International

First Japan-Baltics Co-Pro Announced

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EXCLUSIVE: Maris Martinsons [pictured] to direct Magic Kimono, starring Kaori Momoi.

Latvian filmmaker Maris Martinsons will direct the first ever co-production between Japan and the Baltics, Magic Kimono, with Japanese actress Kaori Momoi (Memoirs Of A Geisha) heading the cast.

Scheduled to shoot in Riga, Latvia and Kobe, Japan from August 15, the tragicomedy is co-produced by Linda Krukle for Latvia's KrukFilms, Eiko and Jason Gray for Japan's Loaded Films and Sten Saluveer for Estonia's Oree Films.

The story follows a Japanese woman's efforts to open a sushi restaurant in Riga whilst coming to terms with the rich food culture of Northern Europe and the sudden reappearance of a long-lost husband. Latvian celebrity chef Martins Sirmais will also serve as food consultant on the film. …

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