An extraordinary and creative little girl attempts to comprehend the confusing adult world and to prove her own value despite her mother’s  lack of appreciation and love in late 1930s Europe. Confronted by her mother’s contempt for her, Bille finds an escape in her vivid imagination and looks for the Dreamland.

BILLE is a poignant yet inspiring autobiographical family drama highlighting the development of a grand personality who later will become one of the most celebrated female poets and writers in Europe. It brings the excitement and visions of childhood and a life-affirming story to the big screen, leading the viewer into the enchanted world of wonder and dreams.

Based on a best-selling novel by the candidate for the Nobel Prize in Literature Vizma Belševica.

43a Edizione – São Paulo International Film Festival – Official Competition
Camerimage International Film Festival 2019 – Official Competition
Oulu International Children’s and Youth Film Festival 2019 – Official Competition
61st Lübeck Nordic Film Days – Official Competition
Film Festival Cottbus 2019 – Children’s film section
Noordelijk Film Festival 2019 – Official Competition
32nd International Film Festival for Children and Youth (Iran) – Official Competition 2019
14th Busan International Kids and Youth Film Festival – Official Competition 2019
48th Lubuskie Lato Filmowe – Official Competition 2019
European Cinema Days in Prague 2019
37th Fajr International Film Festival  – Official Competition 2019
The 22nd Kristiansand Int. Children’s Film Festival – In competition 2019
ZLÍN FILM FESTIVAL 2019 – 59th International Film Festival for Children and Youth
Shanghai International Film Festival – In Competition 2019
Baltic Film Festival – In Competition 2018
POFF Black Nights Film festival Tallinn 2018 – Baltic Competition (International premiere)
2018 Latvian Film Prize – Best Film (Labaka filma)
Best Feature, Latvian National Film Award “Lielais Kristaps” 2018
Public Media Award of Latvia “1kg of Culture” – Best Film 2018
The IMAGO International Award for Best Cinematography for EMERGING YOUNG CINEMATOGRAPHER cinematographer: Jurģis Kmins Latvia LGC for “BILLE”
Key Words
  • Coming of age
  • Drama
  • Family
Directed By
  • Inara Kolmane
Produced By
  • Film Studio Deviņi
  • in co-production with
  • Magic Lab (Czech Republic)
  • Master Film (Czech Republic)
  • Studija 2 (Lithuania)
  • Ruta Kronberga
  • Elina Vane
  • Arturs Skrastins
  • Czech Republic, Latvia, Lithuania
  • 2018
  • 105’ min.
  • Available in Full HD, DCP
  • Language: Latvian
  • Subtitles: English
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