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Hush Hush Little Bear | Schlaf gut, kleiner Bär
It’s time to say good night. Ever so gently, the bears lift their children onto a fluffy bed of clouds. But there is still so much left to explore! With the grown-ups off collecting honey and berries, the little cubs start to romp around, getting tangled up in the kind sheep’s ball of cloud-yarn and making a bit of a mess. Māra Liniņa’s animated short spins the Latvian lullaby “Aijā žužu, lāča bērni” into a cuddly and poetic bedtime tale.
by Māra Liniņa
with Kristīne Zadovska, Andris Keišs
Latvia 2022 Lettish 5’ Colour World premiere recommendation: 6 years and up

With

  • Kristīne Zadovska
  • Andris Keišs

Crew

Written and Directed byMāra Liniņa
AnimationMārtiņš Dūmiņš, Kristīne Zvirbule
EditingEdmunds Jansons
MusicJēkabs Nīmanis
Sound DesignĢirts Bišs
Production DesignŪna Laukmane
ProducersSabīne Andersone, Ieva Vaickovska

Produced by

Māra Liniņa

Born in Riga, Latvia in 1971. She graduated with a BA in film directing from the Latvian Academy of Culture in 1996 and subsequently completed a master’s in stage speech. Since 1998, she has been teaching elocution and acting; since 2000, she has also worked as a casting director for Latvian and international film projects. She has produced plays at the Latvian Puppet Theatre and for the Skatuve theatre company. She began her career in animation in the 1990s as an executive artist at the animation studio Dauka. Working on her own animated short films, she uses the language of cinema to enter into a dialogue with the world.

Filmography

1995 The Glove 1997 The Comet; short film 1999 Time for Angels; short film 2000 Like a Dream; short film 2001 The Water-sprite; short film 2002 Hornyhoof, Furball and Tiddleywink; short film 2009 Once Upon a Time, God; short film 2022 Čuči čuči (Hush Hush Little Bear); short film

Bio- & filmography as of Berlinale 2022