The Ferry

El ferri
Laila Pakalniņa
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The Ferry

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. It is a brief portrayal of Piedruja-Druja, on the border of Latvia and Belarus at the beginning of the 1990s, when the Soviet Union began to crumble and Latvia gained its independence.

Awards and festivals

- Visions du Reel -International Film Festival Nyon (2013)
- BAFICI- Buenos Aires International Festival of Independent Cinema (2009)
- Festival de Cannes- FIPRESCI Prize for the Best Short Film (1996)
- Curtas Vila do Conde IFF, Portugal - Great Prize Documentary (1995)

Biography of the director

Laila Pakalniņa
Born in 1962 in Liepāja, Latvia. In 1986 she graduated from Moscow University’s Department of TV Journalism. She continued her studies in the Department of Film Directing at the Moscow Film Institute (VGIK), graduating in 1991. Laila is the director and scriptwriter of 21 documentaries, 5 shorts, 3 features.

Features: Silence (Klusums) 2009, Stones (Akmeņi) 2008, Fire (Uguns) 2007, The Hostage (Ķīlnieks) 2006, Water (Ūdens) 2006, The Python (Pitons) 2003, The Shoe (Kurpe) 1998, Anna’s Christmas (Annas Ziemassvētki) 1992.

Documentaries: 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.

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Sunday 6

  • 22:00 h
  • Filmoteca Española. Cine Doré Sala 1
Data sheet
Laila Pakalniņa
No dialogues
Laila Pakalniņa
Gints Bērziņš
Gunta Ikere
Anrijs Krenbergs, Uldis Siliņš
Līga Jansone
Production company
Kaupo Filma ,