I grew up in the 90s in Latvia with the complete absence of sex education, where the topic of same-sex relationships was only a subject for gossip, insults and even often blackmail and violence. Anyone who lived then in the post-Soviet space knows how much society demonized the LGBTQIA+ community. The society unreasonably imposed a stigma of clichés, stereotypes and aggression towards people who just want to love each other without hiding their feelings, go to work without wearing a heterosexual mask, just hold hands in the park without fear of getting physically injured. I wanted to break the cliches, stereotypes and talk about pure love. And if the Russian audience feels for the couple, hopefully that can change their minds.
Andzej Gavriss is a multi award-winning director originally hailing from Latvia. Graduated from the University of Audio Visual Arts in 2015, Director has already cultivated a strong body of work that showcases his incredible appetite for experimental filmmaking. Gavriss work has won a Grand Prize at CLIO, GOLD for Direction at CLIO, Silver at Cannes Lions, Gold Screen at YDA 2020, Wooden Pencil for Direction at D&AD, Gold at Cresta Awards for outstanding direction, best cinematography in the music video at Camerimage, been nominated at Webby, Ciclope 2020, Raindance, UKMVA, Kinsale Sharks, Berlin Commercial Festival, Staff Pick, BMVA, NIFF, Lift-Off Los Angeles and many other festivals. The distinctly stylized portfolio combines beautifully crafted shots with storytelling that packs a punch. Andzej is a keen traveler, now based between LA and Europe and shooting projects internationally. Worked with clients such as Samsung, Loreal, BBDO, Leo Burnett, Korn, James Blunt, James Arthur, Parov Stellar and others.