As soon as I finished my first marathon, I wanted to become a tripod in order to make a film about it. That is because words are certainly not the right instruments for telling us what it’s like to run a marathon. I think we can try to show it through the characters, noises, texts, lights, the absolute physical understanding of shadows and of the sun, the water, the motions and the serenity. For those who do not don’t run marathons because they don’t want to or because they can’t, I wish to bring something out from inside the marathon; for example, for my Mum, whose legs ache. I am acting like a spy sent to infiltrate the marathon.
- 2 Annas, Riga International Film Festival (2013)
- Trieste International Film Festival (2014)
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.