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EUFF: Latvia | The Pagan King

  • Ottawa Art Gallery 50 Mackenzie King Bridge Ottawa, ON, K1N 0C5 Canada (map)

Aigars Grauba, 2018 | 114mins

Taking place in Northern Europe during the 13th Century, The Pagan King is a stimulating and awe-inspiring epic that deals with a conflict regarding the last pagan settlement near the Baltic Sea, in Semigallia, Lativa. When the elderly king Viesturs is mysteriously poisoned by an unknown assailant, he unexpectedly passes on the throne to Namejs, his young and inexperienced nephew. Tensions begin to fly however when the enigmatic Max, a warrior who wishes to end the tribes pagan beliefs through his own leadership, attempts to gain influence among the tribe’s members. If that wasn’t enough, Namejs also has to contend with Roman Catholic invaders, who wish to end his tribes existence entirely. Helmed by performances from notable actors Edvin Endre and James Bloor, The Pagan King features breathtaking scenery and exhilarating actions sequences, and was supported by the National Film Centre of Latvia.

Presented with English subtitles.

Situé en Europe du Nord au 13e siècle, THE PAGAN KING est un film épique stimulant et renversant qui porte sur un conflit dramatique au sujet de la dernière colonie païenne près de la mer Baltique en Sémigalie, Lettonie. Quand le vieux roi Viesturs est mystérieusement empoisonné par un malfaiteur inconnu, il lègue curieusement le thrône à Namejs, son jeune neveu inexpérimenté. La tension commence à monter lorsque l’énigmatique Max, un guerrier qui souhaite mettre fin aux croyances païennes de la tribu au moyen de son propre leadership, tente de gagner de l’influence au sein des membres de la tribu. Si le défi de Max n’était pas suffisant, Namejs doit aussi combattre les envahisseurs catholiques romains, qui eux, veulent mettre fin à l’existence de la tribu en entier.

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