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JACOB, MIMMI AND THE TALKING DOGS (JĒKABS, MIMMI UN RUNĀJOŠIE SUŅI)

Edmunds Jansons

Latvia, Poland , 2019 / 70 min / French version / animation, adventure

Two cousins team up with a pack of talking dogs to save their historical neighbourhood from real estate sharks.

Seven-year-old Jacob lives in the city and dreams of being an architect, just like his father. When the latter goes away on a long business trip, Jacob has to spend the summer with his know-it-all cousin Mimmi and his uncle, a former pirate, in Maskačka, a suburb of Riga south of the old town. Soon, Jacob learns that the neighbourhood and its local park are to be demolished to give way to a real estate shark’s building project full of impersonal skyscrapers. With the surprising help of Boss, a German mastiff and his pack of talking dogs, Jacob and Mimmi set out to stop the construction works.

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Cast & Credits
Cast 
Eduards Olekts, Nora Džumā, Andris Keišs, Kaspars Znotiņš, Gatis Gāga, Māra Liniņa, Eduards Zilberts
Screenplay 
Liga Gaisa, Edmunds Jansons, d’après le livre « Dog Town » de Luīze
Sound 
Ģirts Bišs
Set 
Elīna Brasliņa
Music 
Krzysztof A. Janczak
Production 
Atom Art
Coproduction 
Letko
Distribution 
Les Films du Préau
Animation 
Mārtiņš Dūmiņš
Biography

Edmunds Jansons, born in 1972 in Saldus, Latvia, is an animated film director. He studied at the Graduate School of Printing Arts and graduated in TV direction from The Latvian Academy of Culture, and then enrolled at the world-famous VGIK in Moscow, the National Institute of Cinematography, to study animation. After working as a children’s book illustrator, he founded the animation studio Atom Art where he worked as a graphic designer, producer and filmmaker. He directed and coproduced numerous well-received animated films that are screened at festivals around the world. He directed several films for young audiences, most notably the Shammies animated series which was selected at the Luxembourg City Film Festival in 2018 in the Mr Chat et les Shammies (2017) short film programme.

Filmography
  • 2019 - Jēkabs, Mimmi un runājošie suņi
  • 2017 - Bize un Neguļa
  • 2017 - Mr Chat et les Shammies (programme de courts-métrages / short film programme / Kurzfilmprogramm)
  • 2015 - Kā Lupatiņi būvēja māju (court-métrage / short / Kurzfilm)
  • 2015 - Kā Lupatiņi tīrija māju (court-métrage / short / Kurzfilm)
  • 2014 - Roņu sala (court-métrage / short / Kurzfilm)
  • 2014 - Kā Lupatiņi precējās (court-métrage / short / Kurzfilm)
  • 2014 - Think before You Buy! 'Life Hazards' (court-métrage / short / Kurzfilm)
  • 2012 - International Father’s Day (court-métrage / short / Kurzfilm)
  • 2012 - Kora turneja (court-métrage / short / Kurzfilm)
  • 2012 - Kā Lupatiņi uzminēja (court-métrage / short / Kurzfilm)
  • 2011 - Kā Lupatiņi šūpojās (court-métrage / short / Kurzfilm)
  • 2010 - Kā Lupatiņi mazgājās (court-métrage / short / Kurzfilm)
  • 2009 - Pavasaris Vārnu ielā (court-métrage / short / Kurzfilm)
  • 2007 - Čiža acīm (court-métrage / short / Kurzfilm)
  • 2005 - Scissorman (court-métrage / short / Kurzfilm)
  • 2001 – Baltā (court-métrage / short / Kurzfilm)