Latvian Ambassador Kārlis Eihenbaums' introduction of "The Sign Painter" at Calgary European Film Festival 2021

02.11.2021. 17:56
  • Join in Centenary celebrations together with the Latvian Foreign Service

Latvian Ambassador Kārlis Eihenbaums' introduction of "The Sign Painter" at Calgary European Film Festival 2021

The Latvian history-based fiction film "The Sign Painter" (“Pilsēta pie upes”) tells the story of an ordinary Latvian.

Ansis, a young and naive sign painter in 1940's Latvia, has a very simple dream: to marry Zisla, the beautiful and free-spirited daughter of a local Jewish merchant, and to pursue a career as an artist. His social circumstances get him caught up in a love triangle and his romantic dream shatters as the country is shaken by a tragic course of history.

Filmmaker Viesturs Kairišs deftly chronicles Latvia’s turbulent history during the Second World War through an intelligent mixture of humour and tragedy.

Thank you for joining and enjoy the film!

“The Sign Painter” will be available for streaming across the province of Alberta from 6 to 10 November, the in-person viewing will take place at the Globe Cinema, Calgary, on November 11, 2021. To watch the film, visit the Festival website:

On November 7 at 11:00 MST (Calgary time) join for a live Q&A with  director Viesturs Kairišs, lead actor Dāvis Suharevskis and producer Guntis Trekteris.  To receive a Zoom link, register at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

The screening is the part of the Latvian Centenary public diplomacy program.