Janis Cimmermanis

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Janis Cimmermanis

Uff celebrates an ingenious and imaginative mind that deserves to be honored: a true artist of Latvian cinema, Janis Cimmermanis.

Born in Riga, Latvia in 1950, he moves to Leningrad to chase his dream: cinema. And there he graduates at the Institute of Theatre, Music and Cinema in 1980. His first works as a director are inspired by the Latvian puppet theatre: this leads him to delve deeper into animation and to soon become a director for the Latvian Film Studio. His short films are marked by the use of stop-motion and the abundance of colours: Mischiefs (1990), The Three Musketeers (2005), The Tiger (2010), Corrida (2012) and Vasa (2013) are definitely among his most beloved shorts.

His work has been widely acclaimed at international film festivals in countries such as France, Italy and Germany.

A good sense of humor and the presence of a never obvious moral are Janis Cimermanis’ trademarks.

After more than 30 years of activity, the director remains a remarkable artist able to amaze and surprise one and all, no matter their age.