Latvian director Renārs Vimba’s debut feature film “Mellow Mud” tells the story of 17-year-old Raya (Elīna Vaska) and her younger brother, Robis (Andžejs Jānis Lilientāls), as they navigate their lives in the muddy fields of the Latvian countryside. Their father has passed and their mother has abandoned them, leaving the two in the care of their grandmother and forcing Raya to take on more responsibility than any child should ever have. Raya juggles her life of school, family, and first love, all while trying to locate her absentee mother.
Vimba worked in collaboration with widely renowned script consultant Miguel Machalski, who has worked on American films like “Million Dollar Baby” and UK smash hits like “Billy Elliott.” Together, it looks like they have created a sincere and thoughtful portrait of human relationships that depicts the delicate theme of coming-of-age in a foreign light.
“Mellow Mud” will have its world premiere in the Generation 14plus section of the 2016 Berlin International Film Festival. Watch the exclusive trailer above.