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La serie histórica Emily. Queen of Press finaliza su rodaje en Letonia

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- El guion, inspirado en la vida real de la legendaria empresaria Emīlija Benjamiņa, se acerca a un importante número de eventos y figuras históricas letonas del siglo XX

La serie histórica Emily. Queen of Press finaliza su rodaje en Letonia
El reparto y el equipo de Emily. Queen of Press (© Andrejs Strokins)

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After 50 intensive days, shooting for the Latvian mini-series Emily. Queen of Press, consisting of seven episodes, has just been completed at the original summer manor house of the Benjamiņ family in Valdeķi. The plot revolves around the biography of publishing entrepreneur Emīlija Benjamina, known as the “queen of the press” in interwar Latvia, whose wealth, success and tragic fate have become part of the local folklore.

The script covers the period from the beginnings of Emīlija’s magazine Atpūta (Leisure) to her arrest and deportation to Siberia. Each episode focuses on a significant segment of her life while illustrating various aspects of her personality. The ominous prophecy of a prominent clairvoyant predicting that Emīlija would die from starvation in a foreign land weaves through the entire narrative. With a strong female character at its centre, the series depicts Latvian society in all its richness and provides insights into the lives and socio-political influences of prominent Latvian historical figures, such as poet Kārlis Skalbe, writer and left-wing politician Vilis Lācis, journalist Pēteris Blaus and others. Six of the episodes are designed as fiction features, while the seventh is a collection of documentary evidence on the era, providing references to what remains today.

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“We created this mini-series, which is so significant in terms of Latvia’s 20th-century history, for less than a year in difficult circumstances, and we are thankful to all of the teams who made the reconstruction and interpretation of this period possible. Our hope is to better understand people’s destinies back then, the relationships between the ruling power and the media, and the political dilemmas, including gender-equality issues. Our special gratitude goes to the Benjamiņs, who kindly shared their family memories and archives with us,” says producer Gints Grūbe, of Mistrus Media (The Shift, My Father the Spy [+lee también:
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).

The screenplay was written by Baņuta Rubess, Ivo Briedis, Aiva Birbele and Tabita Rudzāte, and the directing was a joint effort by Kristīne Želve, Andis Mizišs and Dāvis Sīmanis (The Year Before the War [+lee también:
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), while the documentary episode has been created by Gints Grūbe and Lilita Eglīte. Prominent actors Guna Zariņa (Oleg [+lee también:
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, Breathing into Marble [+lee también:
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) and Juris Bartkevičs (Still River [+lee también:
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) star in the leading roles; the cinematography has been entrusted to experienced DoP Andrejs Rudzāts (What Silent Gerda Knows [+lee también:
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, The Year Before the War).

Emily. Queen of Press is being produced by Mistrus Media, which has several historical films under its belt, such as The Chronicles of Melanie [+lee también:
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and The Mover [+lee también:
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, as well as being the co-producer of In the Dusk [+lee también:
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and Natural Light [+lee también:
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, which was premiered in the Berlinale’s main competition earlier this year, winning the Silver Bear for Best Director. The series was supported by the National Film Centre of Latvia and the local Ministry of Culture via the state contingency fund due to the state of emergency. The national co-producers of the series are technology and entertainment company Tet, Latvian Television and Riga Film Studio. Its premiere is scheduled for autumn 2021, and the series will be screened on Latvian television in 2022.

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