Stone and Flinders

Akmens un šķembas
Director: Rolands Kalniņš

Latvia, Drama, 1966, 83 min, latvian with english and lithuanian subtitles

20 years after the Second World War former friends Ričards, Jānis and Antra, whose fates were irreversibly and tragically affected by the war, the need to choose sides, and by betrayal, meet again. With the present day interweaving with memories, their paths, experiences and convictions are revealed. Rolands Kalniņš‘ “Stone and Flinders” is the only film made under occupation in Soviet Latvia that dared to speak of the Latvian legionnaires – the soldiers who, in believing they were fighting for Latvia’s freedom, fought on the German side. It is a film with dramatic fate: it was banned several times, cut and reedited, its title was changed three times and still it belongs to the most significant artistic evidences about history of Latvian nation.

About the director:

Rolands Kalniņš was born in 1922 in Istra, Latvia. In 1947 he started working in Riga Film Studio as assistant director, 1960–1990 as a director. He is a member of Latvian Filmmakers Association since 1962. He directed his debut film “Ilze” in 1959. His other notable films include fiction features “Stone and Flinders” (Akmens un šķembas, 1966), “Breathe Deeply” (Elpojiet dziļi, 1967), “Four White Shirts” (Četri balti krekli, 1967), “A Queen‘s Warrior” (Karalienes bruņinieks, 1970), “Ceplis” (1972), “Taper” (Tapers, 1989), “Bitter Wine” (Rūgtais vīns, 2007) and documentaries, such as “Conversation with the Queen” (Saruna ar karalieni, 1980). Rolands Kalniņš is one of the most talented Latvian cinematographers who has had the misfortune of experiencing the ideological rigour and machinations of Soviet censorship. Many of his films were severely censored, forbidden and even almost destroyed (“Maritime Climate” (Piejūras klimats, 1974).

Section: Rolands Kalniņš Film Retrospective

Screenplay: Viktors Lorencs

Dir. of Photography: Miks Zvirbulis

Music: Ludgards Gedravičus

Cast: Eduards Pāvuls, Antra Liedskalniņa, Harijs Liepiņš, Pauls Butkēvičs, Uldis Pūcītis