Baltic Film Festival review: Sisters by Linda Olte at Riverside Studios
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Isn’t London the richest place to be for culture? If you know where to look, you can find anything. Last weekend a stream of films from Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania were on the menu at the Baltic Film Festival at Riverside Studios. Next week, who knows what delights. London Mums‘ editor Monica Costa and I caught the final screening in this festival.
Filmed by a documentary film maker, Sisters had a realistic feel, as it charts the painful and conflicting emotions of a child in an orphanage who is up for adoption. By turning this social issue in Latvia into a narrative, the Director has whipped up a storm.
Although the tone is much gentler than you would expect, there is always the threat of the children getting drawn into drugs and sexual abuse.
The director, Linda Olte , was present at the Baltic Film Festival for a Q&A session after, hosted by Film Curator and Writer, Mickey La Rosa. We learnt that Olte had intended for the whole cast to be orphans, but it proved to be too challenging. Some of the walk-on parts were played by real orphans, so they could benefit from the experience.
London Mums’ rating: 6/10
More at the Riverside Studios
Check out Riverside Studios for its alternative offering: great for a low-key date night. Or, Mums, why not get together for a girls night out: film and drinks after at their café-bar, all in a tranquil spot overlooking the Thames and Hammersmith Bridge.
The wonderful new Riverside Studios seen from Hammersmith Bridge. Image copyright London Mums magazine