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A director of Dawn, Latvia’s official entry for Oscar consideration, will teach at the Film Spring Workshop

Press releases 2018-08-07
Armands Jakovels Armands Jakovels

Laila Pakalnina, a renowned Latvian film director and screenwriter will come to Krakow, Poland in October to tutor the documentary group at the Film Spring Workshop.

This will be the 13th edition of the audiovisual training which offers lectures, workshops, film screenings and meetings with artists as well as access to the state-of-the-art technology and film equipment to be used by young filmmakers to make their own films. Application deadline is the 5th of October.

Documentary group is one of the most popular creative groups of the workshop. For 10 days the group participants will work on their projects, starting with developing their ideas and ending with the post-production. These who will join the group without the idea for a documentary, can still find the subject on the spot, as according to Pakalnina, film is waiting for us around the corner.

- I call my method of work “Fishing in the river of time”. As life is extremely talented, we just put camera, set composition and wait. And life happens. So film happens. Sometimes immediately, sometimes in hours and even days. But it happens – the group's tutor declares .

Young documentary makers, apart from practical work on their films, will learn how to pitch their ideas and will participate in consultations, discussions and screenings of the films made by them as well as other activities included in a very diverse and interdisciplinary  programme of the event.

- I like to make films on simple subjects - delivery of the mail, bicycle road, just a bridge etc. In fact like in very beginning of film history brothers Lumiere did – Arrival of a Train at La Ciotat; Workers Leaving the Lumière Factory etc. Maybe it is because filming simple things or actions you always catch something more, something meaningful. As for example in the shot with postwoman there is something more than just postwoman, there is universe – because it is documentary, it is not created by me but by life. I am just fixing this universe from the certain angle in certain framing - the group's tutor says about her films.

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. Laila Pakalnina’s Dawn (Ausma) was Latvia’s official entry for Golden Globe & Oscar consideration for Best Foreign Language Film.

Film Spring Workshop will take place from the 17th till the 26th of October in Krakow, Poland. Apart from the documentary group, other creative groups at the workshop include:  VR & AR, interactive narration, screenwriting, animation, feature film previses, new production model, CGI and modern editing, commercials, music videos, Selfie TV, keeping control in extreme filming conditions, web filmmakers group.