The English-language dubbed version of Dzintars Dreibergs’ BLIZZARD OF SOULS... Inspired by true events, THE RIFLEMAN pays stark witness to the horrors and brutality of the First World War. Too young to fight but old enough to die, sixteen-year-old Arturs enlists to serve on the Eastern Front with dreams of becoming a hero. Conscripted into one of Latvia’s first national battalions, he soon discovers the grim reality of trench warfare. Fighting alongside his father and brother, Arturs experiences the loss of his home and loved ones while growing up surrounded by constant danger and death on the battlefield.
Adapted from the international bestseller “Blizzard of Souls” by Aleksandrs Grins (which was based on the writer's own war experiences), director Dzintars Dreibergs’ epic film would go on to become Latvia’s biggest box office success in 30 years and was the country’s official Oscar entry for Best International Feature while also earning composer Lolita Ritmanis recognition on the Academy Awards shortlist for Best Original Score.
“An honest yet frenzied interpretation of the veracity of warfare, with utterly breathtaking cinematography, reminiscent of the brilliance of BAND OF BROTHERS.” –The Upcoming
DIRECTED BY DZINTARS DREIBERGS
LATVIA | 2019 | ENGLISH LANGUAGE (DUBBED)