“Gulf Stream Under the Iceberg”, Latvia

2009

Back in 2009 production company U-Film Malta has participated in the process of creating a set of philosophical novels represented in the movie by Director and screenwriter Yevgeny Pashkevich – “Gulf Stream Under the Iceberg”, which was released in 2012.

The director, who claims the film was inspired by the fiction of 19th century author Anatole France, designs his three stories around the Biblical character of Lilith, and all three focus on a man besotted by a temptress. Her name is Leila in one story, Lola in another, but in each tale, she drives the male protagonist to distraction.

The first story is set in 1664 and centers on a man bringing a painting to a patron in a distant land. There he meets a woman who seems to be the subject of the painting, and he forgets his pregnant wife back at home.

The second story is set in France in 1883 and turns into another story of sexual obsession.

The third story, set in an industrial landscape of Riga in 1990, also concerns an artist who loses his sense of purpose.
Characters were brilliantly played by Ville Haapasalo, Danila Kozlovskiy, Aleksey Serebryakov, Kseniya Rappoport, Yuriy Tsurilo and Olga Shepitskaya. Good camera work together with the philosophical script created a deeply emotional and eccentric picture.
The shooting process was organized in several countries, such as: Latvia, Ukraine, Russia and Malta. The first works on the picture started back in 2001 and lasted for 12 years, to present the final product in 2012.

The film was selected as the Latvian entry for the Best Foreign Language Oscar at the 85th Academy Awards, but unfortunately, it did not make the final shortlist.