Aljona Suržikova is a critically acclaimed film and television director from Latvia. She has been directing since the early 2000s and has been a part of the international film industry for over a decade.
Aljona Suržikova was born in Riga, Latvia in 1982. She studied theatre and film directing at the Latvian Academy of Culture. After graduating in 2005, she started her career working as an assistant director on various projects. In 2008, she made her directorial debut with the short film “The Day of the Bumblebee”. The film won several awards at international film festivals and was well-received by critics.
In 2011, Aljona Suržikova directed her first feature film, “The End of the Summer”, which tells the story of a Latvian family living in the Soviet Union in the late 1970s. The film premiered at the Karlovy Vary International Film Festival and received positive reviews from critics.
In 2014, Aljona Suržikova directed the feature-length documentary “The Dream of Freedom”, which chronicles the life of the Latvian people during Soviet occupation. The film won the Best Documentary award at the Moscow International Film Festival and was nominated for the European Film Award for Best Documentary.
Aljona Suržikova has directed several television series, including “Love Is the Law” (2016), “The Friendship” (2017) and “The Sound of the Heart” (2018). She has also directed the Latvian series “The Witch” (2018) and the miniseries “The War of the Eagles” (2019).
Aljona Suržikova’s films often explore themes of family, identity and the effects of war on the people of her home country. Her work has been praised for its sensitive and nuanced approach to difficult subjects.
Aljona Suržikova is an accomplished director who has won numerous awards for her work. She is considered one of the most important directors of the Latvian film industry and is respected for her dedication to exploring the social and political issues of her home country.