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Latvia
1991, 11 min

Section: Reflections of Time: Baltic Poetic Documentary

  1K1 Friday 29/6 9:00 Drahomíra Cinema
  322 Sunday 1/7 12:30 Small Hall
  923 Saturday 7/7 15:30 Small Hall
This film will be screened with the following films:

The first part of a trilogy, the film follows a delivery van driver who brings linen to a children’s hospital. As a backdrop to the deliveries, the movie presents small details of the hospital’s daily routine that are filled with emotional power. The film introduces a style Pakalniņa would continue in her later work.


Synopsis

The Linen is director Laila Pakalniņa’s graduation film from the All-Union State Institute of Cinematography in Moscow. It follows a delivery van driver who brings linen to a children’s hospital. As a backdrop to the deliveries, the film presents small details of the hospital’s daily routine that are filled with emotional power. The film introduces a style Pakalniņa would continue in her later work – meticulous frame composition, attention to visual detail, and carefully constructed sound design. The film became the first part of a trilogy completed by The Ferry and The Mail.

Zane Balčus

About the director

Laila Pakalniņa (b. 1962, Liepāja, Latvia, USSR). Selected filmography: The Linen (Veļa, 1991), The Ferry (Prāmis, 1994), The Mail (Pasts, 1995), The Shoe (Kurpe, 1998), The Python (Pitons, 2003), Dreamland (Leiputrija, 2004), Theodore (Teodors, 2006), Dawn (Ausma, 2015)

Contacts

National Film Centre of Latvia
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Latvia
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Fax: + 371 673 588 77
E-mail: nkc@nkc.gov.lv
www: www.nkc.gov.lv

About the film

Black & white, 35 mm

Section: Reflections of Time: Baltic Poetic Documentary
   
Director: Laila Pakalniņa
Screenplay: Laila Pakalniņa
Dir. of Photography: Gints Bērziņš
Production: Riga Film Studio
Sales: National Film Centre of Latvia
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