jacob, mimmi and the talking dogs

Can an imaginative boy, his know-it-all cousin and a pack of talking dogs save their happy neighborhood from a greedy developer? City-dwelling Jacob dreams of becoming an architect, just like his busy dad, and spends most of his time drawing buildings and daydreaming while his father is at work. But when his dad needs to go on a long business trip, Jacob must spend a week in Maskachka, a historical suburb of Riga, with his bossy cousin Mimmi and her ex-seaman father Eagle. Jacob is immediately enchanted by the neighborhood’s unique aura with the chirpy, witty Mimmi as his guide: its wooden houses and interesting characters are a whole new world compared to life in the city center. When the cousins discover that a businessman plans to transform a local park into skyscrapers, they know they must save the neighborhood — and find unexpected help from a pack of local dogs that... can talk!

North American Premiere Screening

Screening date & time: Sunday, November 10, 3:00 pm

Original title: Jēkabs, Mimmi un runājošie suņi

Director: Edmunds Jansons

Runtime: 70 min

Language: English

2018 - Latvia, Poland


About The Director:

Edmunds Jansons (b. 1972) studied TV Directing at the Academy of Culture, has taken an animation directing course at VGIK in Moscow, and recently graduated with an MA from the Estonian Academy of Art. In 2002 Jansons founded the animation film studio Atom Art which has over the last years grown into one of the most prominent animation studios in Latvia. Jansons has also worked as an animation tutor at the Art Academy of Latvia and the Latvian Academy of Culture, and is also well known for his beloved and award-winning children’s book illustrations.

Festivals and Awards

BUFF Malmo

Children's Film Festival Australia

Nordic FF Belarus

Munich Film Festival

Bucheon International Fantastic Film Festival

Giffoni IFF

Hong Kong Kids International Festival

Sarajevo IFF