Why Riga and Latvia

Why this city is incredible

Due to being on the crossroads between east and west, Riga historically has always been a focal point of interests and influences that has resulted in a considerable diversity of all time periods and styles in the architecture of Riga - from the very city centre with cobblestoned medieval old town, boulevards and “wedding cake” architecture to small streets, almost rural places, soviet decay mixed with charming and diverse neighbourhoods, at the same time remaining also close to the airport, beaches, woods, small towns, castles and manors.  

 

Beautiful city - we have heard this exact comment so often from Riga city visitors that it is time to get rid of Latvian modesty and say it ourselves - we are a beautiful place with diverse architecture and ability to double for a wide range of locations and time periods creating every kind of mood. 

What Filmmakers Say

We were looking for empty prisons, and there are very few in Europe. And then we got the Brasa prison in Riga, which is a gift for a filmmaker. We shot four different prisons in one prison there. We actually chose Latvia because it was the only place in Europe you could shoot these scenes.

Regner Grasten
Producer, The Bereaved, 2021

I would like to thank the talented and professional film crew that worked with me in Latvia. Their experience made it possible to shoot the film in a very short period of time. We understood each other perfectly.

Sergei Loznitsa
Director, Ukraine
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