Anastasia (13) and Diana (9) are two sisters living in a Latvian orphanage. When they discover that an American family wants to adopt them, Diana cannot wait to move to the States, while Anastasia is less excited about the prospect of leaving her home and her adult sister, Yulia, and her baby, Lily. When she finds out that their estranged biological mother, Alla, has been released from prison, Anastasia does everything she can to establish a relationship with her, but Alla can hardly take care of herself, let alone her children. Anastasia has to make a crucial decision – to either leave her mother and Yulia behind by moving to America or to remain in Latvia in the hope of one day living with her mother. Anastasia’s decision is made even more difficult when she learns that her sister’s fate also lies in her hands, because the law states that two siblings cannot be split up.
Sisters | Linda Olte | 90'
A Fenixfilm production (Latvia) in co-production with Albolina Film
Genre: arthouse social drama
With the support of Eurimages, Latvian National Film Centre, IDM Film Funding
Winner of the Italian-Baltic Development Award 2020
Pitched at Kids Kino Industry 2020 at 7th Kids Kino International Film Festival (Poland)
Screen International Buyer's Choice Award 2021 at C EU SOON programme - MIA MARKET 2021 (Italy)
Best film in the “1-2” competition at the 38th Warsaw Film Festival
FIPRESCI award of the international film critics’ jury for the best Eastern European debut at the 38th Warsaw Film Festival
The FIPRESCI Jury awarded Sisters with the following motivation: “The jury was impressed by this intense family drama, by the complexity of the script and its characters, and by the powerful performance of the young actresses.”
World premiere at the 38th Warsaw Film Festival - October 2022
Riga International Film Festival
NY Baltic Film Festival
Tallinn Black Nights Film Festival