THE RIFLEMAN is the top grossing film of all-time at the Latvian box office.
Outline: THE RIFLEMAN pays stark witness to the horrors and brutality of the First World War, as seen through the eyes of Arturs Vanags (Oto Brantevics), an innocent 17-year-old farm-boy turned soldier. Though he is underage, and his dad, a former marksman, is overage for the army, they are both conscripted into one of Latvia’s first national battalions. The thrill of training is soon followed by reality, as shells burst around them in the endless mud. He grows up on the battlefield, fighting at the side of his father and brother, their lives are constantly in jeopardy.
Adapted from the book by Aleksandrs Grins, which was banned in the U.S.S.R., the story was based on Grins’ own war experiences in a Latvian battalion.
THE RIFLEMAN (aka Blizzard of Souls) will be released in Showcase Cinemas Sunday 26th July & on Digital 10th August, & DVD 24th August 2020.