Liene Linde’s “Black Velvet” cinemas release

On the 19th of February Liene Linde’s debut feature “Black Velvet” had its long awaited premiere. The film that took seven years to be completed is nominated for nine national film awards “Lielais Kristaps” and is from now on available in cinemas in Riga and regions. Already from the first audience reactions it is clear that the deeply honest film resonates with the depicted generation.

Thirty-year-old Marta has a job, friends, a romantic relationship and a cute cat. Everything should be fine, but Marta feels that she’s just pretending to cope with adult life. When Marta’s best friend Kaspars returns to town for a month, Marta finds herself caught up in a whirlwind of increasingly unpredictable events, trying to find the answer to what an authentic life is and where to find the courage to live it.

The comedy “Black Velvet” is a self-deprecating portrait of a generation that sheds light on the human longing for something bigger – perhaps the meaning amid missed phone calls, missed deadlines and other small daily victories and losses.

Script author and director Liene Linde, DOP Dāvids Smiltiņš, production designer Ieva Kauliņa, costume designer Liene Dobrāja, makeup artist Ilona Zariņa, composer Doms Strupinskas, editors Ieva Veiverīte and Liene Linde, sound designer Jons Maksvītis, producer Guntis Trekteris, executive producer Alice Sietiņa, co-producer Ieva Norviliene.

Liene Linde (1986) is a film director, screenwriter, editing director and publicist. Won the national film award “Lielais Kristaps” for her short films “Four Feasts” (2012) and the “Seven Awkward Sex Times” (2016). Together with Armands Začs, she shot the documentary film “Presence” (2020), which received the “Lielais Kristaps” for the best documentary film directing. In 2024, the premiere of the multi-series film “The Assistant” directed by Liene Linde together with Alisa Zariņa is expected.

The film was made in cooperation with the Lithuanian company “Tremora” and the company “Tet”, it was supported by the National Film Center and the Lithuanian Film Center. The film is distributed by ACME Film.