Dream Team 1935
Presented by the Consulate of Latvia in New York
Latvia. Dir. Aigars Grauba. 2012, 120 mins. Digital projection. With Jānis Āmanis, Inga Alsiņa. Based on the true story of the little Latvian basketball team that could, this triumphant sports drama meticulously evokes the uneasy era between the two world wars, when Europe’s nations came together for the very first European Basketball Championships. The unlikely heroes: a team of scrappy Latvian underdogs who succeed against all odds, including their country’s own bureaucratic interference. Lavishly mounted and excitingly shot to convey the visceral thrill of the sport, this uplifting tale of hoop dreams is a mighty effort from the burgeoning Latvian film industry.