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The Rifleman – Watch a trailer for the Latvian drama set during the First World War

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The Rifleman (aka Blizzard of Souls) pays stark witness to the horrors and brutality of the First World War, as seen through the eyes of an innocent 17-year-old farm-boy turned soldier. Though he is underage, and his dad, a former marksman, is overage for the army, they are both conscripted into one of Latvia’s first national battalions. The thrill of training is soon followed by reality, as shells burst around them in the endless mud. He grows up on the battlefield, fighting at the side of his father and brother, their lives are constantly in jeopardy.

Adapted from the book by Aleksandrs Grins, which was banned in the U.S.S.R., the story was based on Grins’ own war experiences in a Latvian battalion. The film is directed by Dzintars Dreibergs.

Playing across the Showcase Cinema circuit nationwide in the UK on Sunday 26th July. Available on Digital from 10th August and on DVD from 24th August.

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