Jacob, Mimmi and the Talking Dogs
Edmunds Jansons | Latvia, Poland | 2019 | 70 min | LV | CS, EN sub
In his feature debut, Latvian director Edmunds Jansons, known for his more or less absurd short films Choir Tour (2012) and Isle of Seals (2014), ventures into the field of children’s or rather family films. The film’s protagonist is a boy named Jacob who lives with his constantly busy father in the Latvian capital. Jacob’s father is an architect and the boy dreams that one day, he himself will design entire cities that he now draws with his crayons. But he is forced to stop dreaming when he is unexpectedly sent to spend the summer with his pirate uncle and his at first unpleasant cousin Mimmi in Riga’s Maskachka suburb. Even though the boy doesn’t want to go, the charm of the place and his somewhat loony relatives eventually arouse his curiosity. In the end, Jacob and Mimmi embark on an unexpected adventure during which they meet a greedy businessman and a pack of local dogs. The film is characterised by Jansons’ signature artistic style and his sense for absurd situations, but everything is easy to comprehend even for children. Jansons utilises his experiences from short films for children and his work as a children’s book illustrator. The film won an award at the International Film Festival for Children and Youth in Tehran and won the Critics’ Choice Award at the Kids Kino Forum in Warsaw.