Juris Kursietis, born in 1983, worked for six years on Latvian national television as an international journalist. After a Master’s degree in cinema from the Northern Media School in the United Kingdom, he became an assistant director on a number of Latvian movies. Kurseitis directed his first feature film Modris between 2012 and 2013 and, in 2014, the film was selected for Toronto, San Sebastian New Directors (Special Jury prize), Warsaw, Cottbus, Tbilissi (Best Director), Riga (Best First Film and Best Actress in a supporting role), Chicago, Brussels, Kinoshock (Best Director) and many others. Oleg, his sophomore feature, was pitched at the ARCS Coproduction Village in 2016 and the first images where shown at the Karlovy Vary work-in-progress in 2018. The film has been selected for the Directors’ Fortnight at Cannes, 2019.