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Alexander Mahler and
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12 October 2007 (Austria) See more »
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A comedy that follows a group of people immersed in Latvia's summer solstice celebration, the shortest night of the year. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
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Cast

  (in credits order)
Orlando Wells ... Curt

Gundars Abolins ... Oskars

Maria de Medeiros ... Livia

Dominique Pinon ... Toni

Chulpan Khamatova ... Aida
Tobias Moretti ... Peteris

Victor McGuire ... Mike
Detlev Buck ... Axel
Roland Düringer ... Karl
Birgit Minichmayr ... Maja
Daniil Spivakovskiy ... Foma
Aurelija Anuzhite ... Natasha
Dainis Porgants ... Purvinsh
Yevgeni Sitokhin ... Leonid
Imbi Strenga ... Marite
James-William Watts ... Lewis
Benito Sambo ... Yuki
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Pits Andersons ... Rock'n Roll Singer
Edite Andrejeva ... Soccer fan
Eriks Arajs ... Fireman
Elina Banga ... Nurse
Annija Belogrudova ... Magone
Dzintars Belogrudovs ... Berzinsh
Gatis Belogrudovs ... Musician
Aija Berzina ... Nurse
Laura Bluma ... Patient
Janis Blums ... Janis
Elina Brumane ... Receptionist
Ainars Bushs ... Fireman
Jevgenijs Cerkess ... Paramedic #2
Kristiana Dreimane ... Catering girl
Anta Engele ... Jolanta
Peter Faerber ... Egons
Janina Feldmane ... Old lady
Horst Ferdinand ... Baby
Zhana Gailis ... Rascally girl
Raimonds Gedertsons ... Fireman
Jana Goba ... Gunta
Klavs Grieze ... Soccer fan
Ingemars Grivels ... Soccer fan
Alexander Hahn ... Policeman
Leo Hirsons ... Wladimir
Niks Jakabsons ... Rascally boy
Aleksis Jalaneckis ... Fireman
Ugis Kahnisl ... Paramedic
Guna Kalnina ... Patient
Voldemars Karpacs ... Peasant
Alexander Kerr ... Receptionist
Janis Kirmuska ... Kruminsh
Kseniya Kostina ... Nurse
Andrejs Kurmelis ... Fireman
Toms Lagzdins ... Oak leave
Katrina Liepa ... Waitress
Girts Lukevics ... Paramedic #1
Mairis Marcinkevics ... Paramedic
Zigurds Neimanis ... Doctor
Kristine Nevarauska ... Cilda

Thomas Oláh ... Doctor
Egils Osis ... Balderis
Udis Ozolins ... Customs Officer
Armands Ozols ... Fireman
Aleksandrs Petukhovs ... Vodokhlebnikovs
Rojs Piziks ... Soccer fan
Alfreds Pjatkins ... Craftsman
Anatolijs Pjatkins ... Man behind Pinon
Tatjana Ploskikh ... Katharina
Aivars Pochs ... Fireman
Aivars Pods ... Fireman
Didzis Pods ... Fireman
Andrejs Pogrebnjaks ... Fireman
Solveiga Poikane ... Woman at ticket counter
Harijs Provornijs ... Krishna
Pauls Puke ... Soccer fan
Gatis Pumpurs ... Soccer fan
Jakov Rafalson ... Nikita
Boris Reznik ... Piano man
Karlis Rozentals ... Soccer fan
Yulya Rumyanceva ... Dasha
Juris Safronovs ... Doctor
Dmitrijs Saveljevs ... Soccer fan
Aleksej Sharando ... Doorman
Aleksandr Sircov ... Contrabass player
Dita Smaukstele ... Nurse
Kristaps Sprogis ... Soccer fan
Edgars Spura ... Musician
Dzordzs Steels ... Doctor #1
Armands Strauja ... Oak leave
Sarmite Sumane ... Soccer fan
Krista Terauda ... Dakota Rollergirl #1
Henrijs Timmermanis ... American tourist
Vitalijs Tmsevichs ... Patient
Viktorija Tokarska ... Rollergirl
Gints Treijs ... Soccer fan
Matiss Tuchs ... Rascally boy
Imants Vekmanis ... Fireman
Veits Ziedonis ... Fireman
Kaspars Znotins ... Borderguard
Oksana Zubkova ... Masha
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Directed by
Alexander Hahn 
 
Writing credits
Alexander Mahler  and
Norman Hudis  additional material &
Dan Wicksman  additional material

Nuria Wicksman (additional material)

Alexander Hahn  screenplay
Alexander Hahn  story

Produced by
Dzintars Belogrudovs .... consulting producer
Markus Fischer .... producer
Uli Mueller-Uri .... line producer
Konstantin Serebryakov .... co-producer
Guntis Trekteris .... co-producer
Steve Walsh .... co-producer
 
Original Music by
Klaus Hundsbichler (Austrian version)
Markus Pöchinger 
Boris Resnik 
 
Cinematography by
Jerzy Palacz 
 
Film Editing by
Justin Krish 
 
Casting by
Ieva Rubene 
 
Production Design by
Ieva Romanova  (as Ieva Romanova)
 
Set Decoration by
Maris Sejans 
 
Costume Design by
Thomas Oláh 
 
Makeup Department
Rima Aboltina .... key hair stylist
Gita Dobelniece .... additional makeup artist
Andrea Hanke .... makeup artist
Ilze Trumpe .... assistant makeup artist
 
Production Management
Milanka Comfort .... production manager
Wendy Wolfcarius .... production manager: UK
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Baiba Aizkalna .... third assistant director
Aija Berzina .... second assistant director
Peter Evers .... first assistant director
Ben Hughes .... first assistant director
Nicolas Neuhold .... first assistant director: second unit
Andrej Vorobyev .... trainee assistant director
 
Art Department
Nauris Cans .... construction coordinator
Andris Holms .... assistant art director
Atis Holms .... assistant art director
Endijs Kisis .... assistant art director
Dace Rozlapa .... property master
Nauris Stalazs .... assistant art director
Oskars Utinans .... assistant art director
Petra Zöpnek .... storyboard artist
 
Sound Department
Vladislav Boyadjiev .... assistant sound engineer
Vicky Brazier .... sound editor
Robert Farr .... sound re-recording mixer
Ina Fischer .... boom operator
William Franck .... sound
Eckhart Goebel .... sound re-recording mixer
Sue Harding .... foley artist
Alexander Koller .... sound mixer
Tim Lewiston .... sound designer
Viktors Licovs .... boom operator: additional unit
Aivars Riekstins .... sound recordist
Ruth Sullivan .... foley artist
 
Visual Effects by
Yuri Chukancev .... 3D artist
Peter Höhsl .... digital effects artist
Sepp Kloucek .... color grader
Pavel Korpelianskiy .... 3D artist
Sergey Krivopliasov .... 3D artist
Marija Nikonova .... CGI editor
Alexander N. Petrov .... CGI supervisor
Sergey Primak .... 3D artist
Konstantin Serebryakov .... CGI producer
Aleksey Shiriaev .... 3D artist
Olga Shmykova .... 3D artist
Mikhail Zhilin .... 3D artist
 
Stunts
Hermanis Andersons .... stunt performer
Alexander Hahn .... stunt driver
Martins Hirsons .... fire stunts double
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Andrius Baltrusiunas .... key grip
Aleksandar Bilic .... focus puller
Kaspare Brakis .... additional loader
Jurij Charciuk .... Steadicam technician
Aivars Dambekalns .... camera operator
Joe Fish .... still photographer
Jaroslav Gedrovic .... electrician assistant
Uldis Jancis .... camera operator
Rimas Jurgelevicius .... gaffer
Imants Kikulis .... still photographer
Jevgenijs Kocetkovs .... electrician
Zahars Kovalevskis .... electrician
Baiba Lagzdina .... clapper loader
Mindaugas Markauskas .... best boy
Rokas Rudzionis .... grip
Mantas Satkus .... Steadicam operator
Aigars Sermukss .... video operator
Mindaugas Skruodys .... electrician
Audrius Zelenius .... clapper loader
 
Casting Department
Dzintars Belogrudovs .... casting: Latvia
Beth Charkham .... casting: UK
Peter Evers .... casting: Austria
Brigita Libiete .... co-casting
Daina Ulmane .... casting assistant: Latvia
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Maria Theresia Bartl .... assistant costume designer
Katrina Liepa .... assistant costume designer
Liga Sulce .... assistant costume designer
 
Editorial Department
Stephen Haren .... assistant editor
Natasha Wilkinson .... assistant editor
 
Music Department
Gundars Abolins .... singer
Aurelija Anuzhite .... singer
Maria de Medeiros .... singer
Asen Kanchev .... music production manager
Tobias Moretti .... singer
Dominique Pinon .... singer
Thomas Poetz .... music editor
Dainis Porgants .... singer
Sergey Shnurov .... composer: song
 
Transportation Department
Vladislav Bradovskij .... facilities driver
Vilnis Lasmanis .... transportation coordinator
Joseph Leidinger .... driver: Vienna
Graham McLean .... facilities driver
Sergey Michovic .... facilities driver
Ivo Silins .... driver
Ivars Trops .... driver
Indulis Veinbergs .... driver
Andris Veldre .... driver
Aivars Vitmanis .... driver
 
Other crew
Elina Banga .... catering assistant
Lita Bernarde .... location manager
Lina Berzina .... runner: production office
Leo Bramanis .... stand-in
Agris Danilevics .... choreographer
Peter Donke .... production accountant
Bettina Gerbl .... production assistant: Vienna
Jovita Groblyte .... continuity
Sascha Grunow .... catering chef
Karin Haager .... production coordinator
Natasha Henry .... public relations
Peter Höhsl .... film grading
Ludmila Ivanova .... production trainee
Valdis Jansons .... set runner
Aleksandrs Katishonoks .... security head
Egils Kazubiernis .... set runner
Alexander Kerr .... dialogue coach
Jens Knoblich .... catering supervisor
Marika Kozlovska .... production assistant
Ilze Kunga .... set runner
Margarita Marchinskaite .... stand-in
Jona Markgraf .... catering consultant
Romans Medvedevs .... fire breather
Udis Ozolins .... set manager
Mandy Roach .... book keeping: UK
Karin Rudle .... head of producer's office
Inese Upmane .... book keeping
Maija Zarina .... catering coordinator
Elina Zazerska .... production assistant
 
Thanks
Vilnis Baltins .... thanks
Leonids Berzins .... thanks
Bill Clinton .... thanks
Mikhail Gorbachev .... thanks
Nikita Khrushchev .... thanks
Talivaldis Margévics .... thanks
Vladimir Putin .... thanks
Marianne I. van Abbe .... special thanks
 

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94 min
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3 out of 4 people found the following review useful.
Lives up to the madness in its title and the beauty of its country, 4 May 2011
Author: napierslogs from Ontario, Canada

It's midsummer in Latvia, and everybody has gone mad. Although for most of these characters, they are probably just as crazy any day of the year. A group of British firemen are in search of the "magic fern"; two brothers hatch a plan so those damn capitalists will stop raising gas prices; a French woman picks up flirtatious men as she's on her way to distribute her late husband's ashes; a sex-crazed stewardess is on the prowl for Mr. Right Now; an American and his taxi driver are trying to find his half-sister; and then there's a kangaroo...

This is a good film that is very funny and beautifully shot. The vivid colours and great use of candles, lights and fire in every scene balance out the dark of the shortest night of the year with the quirky characters perfectly. Has night time ever been so brilliantly captured in a film? I doubt it. It's the type of film that is just so pretty you don't want to look away despite the absurdities and randomness of the situations. They did all this with just a low budget and without being ostentatious like big Hollywood films.

I could have done with a few less characters (there's probably even a dozen that I have forgotten to mention), but the more that I got to see of them, the funnier they became. At the center is Curt, in an excellent performance by Orlando Wells reminiscent of Dallas Roberts, able to play the comedic straight man and bring a whole lot of sympathy and depth to a character that at first seems to be just a bitter and arrogant American. Not to be outdone is Gundars Abolins as Oskars, the funniest taxi driver you will ever meet.

"Midsummer Madness" falls a little short on its underlying theme of love and in actually defining all of the characters and their adventures. By the end, I really only liked two of the characters, enjoyed a handful more, but then forgot about the rest. It does, however, live up to the madness in its title and it fully delivers on the unity of all nations coming together in Latvia and in the promotion of its beautiful country. I want to go now, although I might steer clear of some of their parties and traditions.

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