Loneliness, disillusionment and the experience of ﬁrst love reveal the character of Raya, a 17-year-old living in rural Latvia with her grandmother and her little brother Robis. A staggering turn of events shakes up their lives, and the young girl must come to decisions that even a grown woman would ﬁnd difficult to make.
In his strong debut feature, director Renārs Vimba tackles the delicate theme of coming-of-age and accepts the challenge of telling the story through the eyes of a young girl.
- "Talented young leads elevate this bittersweet Baltic tale of adolescent angst."
- "Harsh circumstances force a resourceful and determined Latvian lass to mature beyond her years in “Mellow Mud,” a compelling, bittersweet coming-of-ager from first-time feature helmer-writer Renars Vimba. This evocatively shot realist tale benefits from a spare yet credible script and a knockout performance from big-screen debutant Elina Vaska, who conveys her character’s feelings of anger, abandonment, responsibility and first love with conviction and authenticity. "
Awards & Recognition
Berlin Int'l Film Festival
Variety Critics' Choice
Karlovy Vary Int'l Film Festival
New Voices/New Visions Special Jury Prize
Palm Springs Int'l Film Festival
Seattle Int'l Film Festival
AFI European Union Film Showcase
Giffoni Film Festival
Ankara Int'l Film Festival
Silk Road Int'l Film Festival
Athens Int'l Film Festival