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The Montreal World Film Festival


The MONTREAL WORLD FILM FESTIVAL (INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL OF MONTREAL) is the only competitive film festival in North America recognized by the FIAPF.

Montreal ranks among the most prestigious festivals in the world. rates this festival in the top 10

The 2017 Festival edition will run August 24 - September 4

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The Lesson has its world premiere in Montreal


Montreal Fest organized the world premiere of The Lesson a movie from Latvia,  (108 min), directed by Andris Gauja.

The film takes part in the First Films World competition at the Montreal World Films festival. Our team is here: Andris Gauja (Director&Producer), Guna Stahovska (Producer) and Aleksandrs Grebnevs (DoP), and we will be happy to meet you at the premiere today. The premiere will be introduced by the Honorary Council of Latvia in Quebec, Roberts Klaige. He could also help us in communication in French language if needed.

The film is about a young teacher who tries to become friends with the class she is mentoring, but she goes too far...

See the trailer here:

Production Team

Director : Andris Gauja

Screenwriter : Lauris Gundars, Andris Gauja

Cinematographer : Aleksandrs Grebnevs

Editor : Tambet Tasuja

Cast : Inga Alsina-Lasmane, Marcis Klatenbergs, Leva Apine, Liena Smukste, Marina Janaus, Andrey Smolyakov, Edgars Silins

Music : Andris Gauja

Film production and Sales : Prod.: Guna Stahovska, Andris Gauja, Riverbed Ltd.m Andrejostas Street, 4A, Riga 1045 (Lettonie), tél.: (+371) 2919 29 48, / Horosho Prod., Ephremova Street, 20-21 Moscou (Russie), tél.: (+372) 5316 17 99,




A devoted teacher in a Latvian high school faces a stark choice between her personal happiness and the pressures of society. 



Born in Talsi, Latvia in 1978, Andris Gauja studied screenwriting in Riga, worked as a TV journalist and began making documentary films in 2005, among which the most significant is FAMILY INSTINCT (2010) which won Best World Feature at Silverdocs (2011), got nominated for the Best Mid-Length Documentary at IDFA (2010), and was selected for over 25 film festivals around the world. THE LESSON marks his debut in fiction features. 

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The MONTREAL WORLD FILM FESTIVAL (INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL OF MONTREAL)is the only competitive film festival in North America recognized by the FIAPF.

Montreal ranks among the most prestigious festivals in the world.
2015 Coverage  includes 120 articles and interviews with winning producers and directors. It was provided by Musivision Films, Laurie Gordon Musivision (video interview), Tom Llewellin, Ken Fernandez,  Dejan Nikolaj Kraljacic and Bruno Chatelin


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