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The Mover

The Mover

This award-winning Latvian feature film offers a gripping account of Žanis Lipke, a blue-collar worker honored as one of the 'Righteous Among the Nations' for his heroic deeds during World War II. Despite his family’s hardship under successive Soviet and German occupations, Lipke embarked on a covert operation to save local Jews from Nazi persecution and certain death, moving them from the Riga ghetto to an underground bunker hidden on his property. From the start, filmmaker Davis Simanis creates a powerfully ominous and suspenseful atmosphere, positioning the viewer, like Lipke, as a reluctant eyewitness to unfolding horrors.

Winner of 4 Awards (Best Director / Best Supporting Actress / Best Cinematography / Best Production Design) | Latvian National Film Prize 2019
Best Film (Between Israeli and Jewish Identity Competition) | Haifa International Film Festival 2019
Official Entry (Latvia) - Best International Feature Film | 2020 Academy Awards

Directed by Davis Simanis
Latvia, 2019
Drama
Latvian (with English subtitles)
87 minutes

The Mover