The Director

About the Director, Maris Martinsons

Basic Facts:

Born: July 25, 1960.

Birthplace: Riga, Latvia (when it was still part of USSR)

Graduated: Latvia Conservatoires, 1989 as a “drama theatre director”

Place of residence: Lithuania (1991-2010), Latvia (2010- current).


First gig:

producing and directing music video clips.

Made “This is my Car” for the band Jumprava. This clip won the best clip award for 1989/1990 and was the first one produced in Latvia’s music industry.

Memorial achievements:

Founded ARTe&a in 1994 with his partner Linda Krukle (who is the mother of his children). ARTe&a is one of the largest production companies in the Baltic States.

Worked in TV as a producer, director and writer from 1999 to 2007. His credits include Ben’s diary, Grybauskai, Valse of destiny, Shapro show, De Facto, Julia, Tenants, Refresh, Anastasia (both a TV movie and series), and the miniseries 42 among others. He has over ten TV series to his credit from this time frame, and continued to produce other forms of audiovisual media.

Took part in international European workshops for writers, developers, and marketing skills in 2005, 2006. These were undertaken to provide the background for his goal of creating a feature film. His dream was encouraged by the network of professionals that he met during these workshops.

Penned the script for Nereikalingi zmones while in Jaipur in 2006 with Raimondas Paskevicius whom he had worked with on 42 and Anastasia. The actor and writer would land a role in this film also.

2007: Nereikalingi zmones filmed in Lithuania and Ireland and the production managed from Bangkok. Finish work took place in Beijing.

After the film’s release on January 11, 2008, it was selected to run in the June 2008 Official Competition at the 11th Shanghai International Film Festival. Here Martinsons picked up two awards for his work, Best Director and Best Music.

In 2009 the film won “best film” Latvian Film Prize at the Latvian National Film Festival. It was nominated for best director, best editing, and best screenplay. It was then made Lithuania’s 2009 Academy Awards official submission to Foreign-Language Film category.

2009: work began on a second film Amaya (Hong Kong Confidential). This film was released on September 14, 2010 and gained a “best foreign film” nomination for the 2011 Oscars. Also in 2009 moved to Krukfilms as the production company which also represents long time collaborator, Andrius Mamontovas.

2011: work in progress on the film Tempura.