Self Portrait

Latvia's only known underground film Self-Portrait is as much a portrait of that country's existence under Soviet annexation as it is an autobiographical depiction of its creator Andris Grinbergs. From the opening scene of Andris assaulted on a city street to the shot of two men kissing in a public restroom, from the surreal footage taken during a Happening to the appearance of Christian iconography in the background of an orgiastic frolic, and from the film's overall, nonlinear editing to the extended, unrelieved direct-cinema footage of Andris and Inta's lovemaking at its center, Self-Portrait violated countless official norms for visual style and content.

Andris Grinbergs Work