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Pakalniņa

Laila Pakalniņa

Latvia / Website

Biography

Laila Pakalnina born 1962 in Liepaja, Latvia.1986 graduated from the Moscow University, Department of TV Journalism. 1991 graduated from the Moscow Film Institute (VGIK), Department of Film Direction. Director and scriptwriter of 22 documentaries, 5 shorts, 4 fiction features. So she has 31 films, 2 children, 1 husband, 1 dog, 1 bicycle. And many ideas for new films.

Fiction Features:
Pizzas (Picas) 2012
The Hostage (Ķīlnieks) 2006
The Python (Pitons) 2003
The Shoe (Kurpe) 1998

Shorts:
2006 Silence (Klusums, short) 2009
Stones (Akmeņi, short) 2008
Fire (Uguns, short) 2007
Water (Ūdens, short) 2006
Anna’s Christmas (Annas Ziemassvētki, short) 1992

Documentaries:
Forty Two (Četrdesmit divi) 2013
Snow Crazy (Sniegs) 2012
33 Animals of Santa Claus (33 zvēri Ziemassvētki vecītim 2011
On Rubiks’ Road (Pa Rubika ceļu) 2010
Three Men and Fish Pond (Par dzimtenīti) 2008
Theodore (Teodors) 2006
Dream Land (Leiputrija) 2004
The Bus (Autobuss) 2004
It’ll Be Fine (Būs labi) 2004
Martins (Mārtiņš) 2002
Papa Gena (Papa Gena) 2001
Wake up (Mostieties) 2000
The Oak (Ozols) 1997
Ubans (Ubāns) 1995
The Mail (Pasts) 1995
The Ferry (Prāmis) 1994
The Church (Baznīca)1993
The Pilgrimage (Iešana) 1991
The Linen (Veļa)1991
The Dome (Doms) 1991
The Choice (Izvēle) 1990
And (Un) 1988

Awards:
2012 “Pizzas”- special jury prize at Rome International film festival,
Italy
2011 “33 Animals of Santa Claus” - Baltic film award for the best film at Tallinn Black Nights festival, Estonia
2011 Aster Award for high achievements in the field of film art at International film festival AsterFest, Strumica, Macedonia
2010 “On Rubiks’ road”- award for best short documentary at Doclisboa International film festival, Portugal
2010 “On Rubiks’ road” - Jury Special mention at Vilnius International Documentary Film festival, Lithuania
2009 “Silence” - Best Experimental Film award at Parvin Etesami
Film Festival, Iran
2008 “Three man and a fish pond” - 1st prize in Baltic Documentary Film Competition at Vilnius International Documentary Film Festival, Lithuania
2008 “Three man and a fish pond” - Baltic film award for the best film at Tallinn Black Nights festival, Estonia
2008 “Three man and a fish pond” - prize at International Film Festival FILMMAKER, Milan, Italy
2008 “Fire” - Prix UIP at Norwegian Short Film Festival in Grimstad and European Film Academy nomination for best short film
2007 “Water”- prize for the best short fiction at the National Film Festival “Lielais Kristaps”, Latvia
2007 “Theodore”- prize for the best documentary film director at the National Film Festival “Lielais Kristaps”, Latvia
2007 “Theodore”- prize for the best short documentary film at the National Film Festival “Lielais Kristaps”, Latvia
2007 “Theodore”- Jury Special prize at Karlovy Vary International Film festival
2006 “Theodore” - prize for the best film of Baltic States at the International Film Forum Arsenals, Riga, Latvia
2006 “Dream Land” – prize for the best naturalistic film at International Competition of Naturalistic Film Mitti Reflessi, Italy
2005 “Dream Land” - annual prize of newspaper “Diena” for cultural input, Latvia
2005 “Dream Land” European Film Academy nomination – Best European documentary film
2005 “Dream Land” - prize at festival Cineeco 2005, Lisbon, Portugal
2005 “Dream Land” – prize for the best short documentary film at
the National Film Festival “Lielais Kristaps”, Latvia
2005 “Dream Land”- Jury Special mention at Ecocinema 2005, Greece
2005 “Dream Land”- Grand Prix at the International Film festival Green Vision, St. Petersburg, Russia
2005 “Dream Land” – main prize at the Ukraine International Documentary film Festival, Kiev
2004 “The Python”- Krzysztof Kieslowski Award for Best Feature film at Denver International Film Festival, USA
2004 “The Bus”- prize for the best film of Baltic States at the International Film Forum Arsenals, Riga, Latvia
2004 “The Bus” - prize for the best documentary of Baltic States at the International Film Forum Arsenals, Riga, Latvia
2004 “The Python” - FIPRESCI prize at the International Film Forum Arsenals, Riga, Latvia
2004 The Order of Merit of the Italian Republic
2003 “The Python” – annual prize of newspaper “Diena” for cultural input, Latvia
2003 “The Python” – prize for the best feature film at the National Film Festival “Lielais Kristaps”, Latvia
2003 “Martins” – Grand Prix “Krystal 2003” International film festival “Ty i ja”, Kolobzeg, Poland
2003 “Papa Gena” – prize at Media City 9 International festival of experimental film & video art, Windsor, Canada
2002 " Wake up!" - prize for the best documentary of Baltic States at the International Film Forum Arsenals, Riga, Latvia
2001 “Papa Gena” – Prize of Cinema Jury at International Short film festival Oberhausen, Germany
1998 “The Shoe” - FIPRESCI prize at the International Film Forum Arsenals, Riga, Latvia
1996 “The Shoe” – prize for the best director at the National Film Festival “Lielais Kristaps”, Latvia
1996 Government Award of the Republic of Latvia
1996 “The Ferry” and “The Mail” - FIPRESCI prize at the Cannes International Film Festival, France
1996 “The Mail” – prize for the best director at the National Film Festival “Lielais Kristaps”, Latvia
1996 “The Mail” – prize at Imola International Film Festival, Italy 1995 “The Ferry” – Manuel de Oliveira prize for the best documentary, Vila do Conde International Short Film Festival, Portugal
1992 “The Dome”- prize at the Brussels International Video Film Festival, Belgium

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33 Animals of Santa Claus

33 zvēri Ziemassvētki vecītim (Orig.) / 2011 / Latvia / 50 min

Santa Claus lives on the fourth floor of an apartment block. Santa owns seven dogs, six cats, two rabbits, one crow, one pigeon, one chinchilla, one guinea pig, ten degus and some fish...

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Dream Land

Leiputrija (Orig.) / 2004 / Latvia / 35 min

There are places that we don’t want to know anything about, places that we would rather pretend don’t exist at all. One such place is a dumpsite. From the humans’ point of view, it is a ghastly place, a stinking desert of trash. But it’s a desert that is teaming with life. The astounding profusion of insects, reptiles, birds and mammals, all intertwined in an existential life-death relationship imparts to it with some strangely alluring dream-like quality.

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Fire

Uguns (Orig.) / 2007 / Latvia / 12 min

Already before Marija is born it is clear that she will be a person getting into trouble all the time. However, that’s not all. The most important thing is that she is often alongside firemen. Is it because things around her catch fire?

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Hi, Rasma! - TRAILER

Čau, Rasma! - TRAILER (Orig.) / 2014 / Estonia / 52 min

Just like ordinary people, whole nations often wonder why their neighbors are living better than they.

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I am not an animal

I am not an animal (Orig.) / 2013 / Switzerland / 7 min

Students from ECAL meet Laila Pakalnina, who ran a workshop at Visions du Réel in 2013.

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Martins

Martins (Orig.) / 2002 / Latvia / 28 min

A film about the daily life of Martins, a handicapped child who will always be dependent on his parents.

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On Rubiks' Road

Pa Rubika Celu (Orig.) / 2010 / Latvia / 30 min

Rubiks’ Road is a bicycle path built in the 1980s and named after Alfreds Rubiks, leader of the Latvian Communist party at the time.

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Papa Gena

Papa Gena (Orig.) / 2001 / Latvia / 10 min

The city is a frenetic place, and a reason is needed for asking the people to stop for a moment and stand in front of the movie camera.

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Silence

Klusums (Orig.) / 2009 / Latvia / 14 min

There should be silence in a museum. And someone should see to it that the silence is there. It’s the logical order of things. However, it might seem weird to somebody.

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Snow Crazy

Sniegs (Orig.) / 2008 / Latvia / 34 min

There is a popular Latvian folksong which begins with the phrase “I was singing out high on a mountain”.

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Stones

Akmeni (Orig.) / 2008 / Latvia / 21 min

A man in a grey coat roams the city. He is interested in boys and men. Those good enough for him will get a green bag. Marija is home alone. She is the only woman to get a green bag. But the film does not end quite there.

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The Bus

Autobuss (Orig.) / 2005 / Latvia / 58 min

The Tallin-Kaliningrad bus crosses three borders during one night: Estonian-Latvian, Latvian-Lithuanian and Lithuanian-Russian.

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The Ferry

Pramis (Orig.) / 1994 / Latvia / 15 min

A ferry crosses the river. The work of the ferry is never-ending. It is a boat that transports people from one shore to another, from one country to another, without ever stopping, regardless of the changing seasons.

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The Hostage

Kilnieks (Orig.) / 2006 / Latvia / 74 min

A hijacker forces a plane to land in Riga, in Latvia. A child hostage wants to lean all about the country where they have landed, so he begins to ask for local chocolate, information about Latvia and so on...

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The Linen

Vela (Orig.) / 1991 / Latvia / 10 min

"The Linen" is a silent dissertation on the daily life of a truck driver who delivers clean linens to a children's hospital. He unloads the sheets and divides them up among the wards, where small, gripping dramas of life and death are unfolding. And every day it's the same story.

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The Mail

Pasts (Orig.) / 1995 / Latvia / 21 min

Morning starts with the mail. That's customary. Let's have a look at habitual things, habitual movements, habitual life.

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The Oak

Ozols (Orig.) / 1997 / Latvia / 28 min

The oak tree in Seja is roughly 700 years old. Around this monumental tree, the peaceful and repetitive life goes on in the village, a group of houses in the middle of the forest.

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The Python

Pitons (Orig.) / 2003 / Latvia / 88 min

The story is imaginary but based on real events. An incident has occurred at an average post-Soviet school in Latvia. Somebody has defecated in the attic.

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The Shoe

Kurpe (Orig.) / 1998 / Latvia / 83 min

An official selection at Cannes, Toronto and Berlin, this quiet comedy takes us back to the late 1950’s and the Cold War, when the white sandy beaches of Latvia were part of the Soviet Union’s frontier.

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The Water

Udens (Orig.) / 2006 / Latvia / 12 min

Maria decides to go for a swim in the pool even though it looks deserted and she’s warned that the water is cold. When she gets into the pool she is faced with not only the frigid water, but with her other feelings as well. Like fear.

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Theodore

Teodors (Orig.) / 2006 / Latvia / 29 min

What is there left in life, when you are old, poor and lonely?

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Three Men and a Fish Pond

Three Men and a Fish Pond (Orig.) / 2008 / Latvia / 52 min

Three elderly country bachelors idle away their time amidst semi-wild nature, closer to birds and pond fish than to humans.

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Trace of the future according to Laila Pakalnina

Une trace du futur selon Laila Pakalnina (Orig.) / 2014 / Latvia / 5 min

Filmmakers that were selected at Visions du Réel in the past twenty editions celebrate the Festival's anniversary by each making a short movie in which they expose their view of the future.

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Wake up

Mostieties (Orig.) / 2000 / Latvia / 22 min

The world seen through the eyes of children. The action takes place in Karosta, the former military port of Liepaja city – however, it is not that important, as the film could take place anywhere. We observe children playing on the beach, revealing the core of Pakalnina’s work: perceiving and transmitting emotions.

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