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Film Spring WorkshopOctober 2018

Screenings at the Film Spring Workshop. Dawn and Short Film About Life

On Saturday, 20th of October, in our cinema we will show two films by Laila Pakalnina, the documentary group tutor, a 2-minute documentary: Short Film About Life (2014) and a 96-minute feature Dawn (2015), Latvia’s official entry for Golden Globe & Oscar consideration for Best Foreign Language Film in 2017.

Dawn won several awards at the Latvian National Film Festival in 2016, including the Best Director, Best Supporting Actress, Best Supporting Actor, Best Costume Design, Best Make-Up, Best Cinematography, Best Score. Also, at the 19th Black Nights Film Festival in Tallinn, Wojciech Staroń, who was our lecturer last year, received the Jury Prize for Best Cinematographer for his work on Dawn.

Still from Dawn (dir. Laila Pakalnina)

Laila Pakalnina has graduated from the Moscow Film Institute (VGIK), Department of Film Direction. She is a director and scriptwriter of 28 documentaries, 5 shorts, and 5 fiction features. As she describes herself: altogether she has 38 films, 2 children, 1 husband, 2 dogs and 2 bicycles. And many ideas for new films. Her films have been screened at Cannes, Venice, Berlinale, Locarno, Karlovy Vary, Rome and many other international festivals, where they have won numerous awards. She was nominated twice for European Film Award for a documentary Dream Land and a short film Fire.


Photo courtesy of Laila Pakalnina.

Every film for me means risk. I am not a craftsman; I am not delivering a certain product. I am making film and that means breathtaking balancing between shit and art. I hope for art of course. And I admire this risk. As for me this is the only way how to make film. (L.P)


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