The Sign Painter (2020)

  • New York Jewish Film Festival
  • 1h 50m
  • Latvia, Czech Republic, Lithuania
Last Chance to Rent Jan 22, 10:00 AM ET

Acclaimed Latvian opera, stage, and film director Viestur Kairish presents the tragicomic story of Ansis, an easygoing sign painter with artistic ambitions. It is the 1940s, and Nazism is rising across Europe. Ansis is in love with a Jewish girl, Zisele, but his father forbids their relationship. A welcome distraction comes in the form of Naiga, a Christian girl, and Ansis unwittingly finds himself in a love triangle. Meanwhile, he is starting to understand that his job is not as simple as he’d assumed— the imagery and colors that he paints reflect the changing politics of his country.

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Viestur Kairish


Latvian, German, Russian, Yiddish



Bonus Content

New York Jewish Film Festival Trailer
The Sign Painter Q+A

A conversation with director Viesturs Kairish moderated by Aviva Weintraub, director of the New York Jewish Film Festival.

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