Archive of films Spoon / Karote

Latvia / Norway / Lithuania
2019, 65 min

Section: Documentary Films - Competition
Year: 2019

The plastic spoon was able to feign harmless unimportance until the moment Laila Pakalniņa, a distinctive international documentary filmmaker, cast her piercing glance its way. Her wordless film, whose humor arises from the surprising possibilities cinema has to offer, sings a dirge for this ornament of our bloated civilization: a piece of cheap plastic that will likely soon fade into history.


The ordinary plastic spoon has tried to pull the wool over our eyes. But how long could it feign harmless unimportance? Only until Laila Pakalniņa cast her piercing glance its way. This distinctive Latvian documentarist knows very well how much paradoxical effort people and machines have invested in the manufacture of disposable utensils, and so she can’t hide a heartless smirk. After all, this plastic servant will breathe its last just as its existence finally begins to have meaning. With humor drawn from the surprising possibilities cinema has to offer, this wordless film sings a dirge for an icon of our bloated civilization: a piece of cheap plastic that will likely soon fade into history.

Martin Horyna

About the director

Laila Pakalniņa

Laila Pakalniņa (b. 1962, Liepāja, Latvia). Selected filmography: The Linen (Veļa, 1991), The Ferry (Prāmis, 1994), The Mail (Pasts, 1995), The Shoe (Kurpe, 1998), The Python (Pitons, 2003), Dream Land (Leiputrija, 2004), Theodor (Teodors, 2006), The Water (Udens, 2006), Pizzas (Picas, 2012), The Chimney (Skurstenis, 2013), Dawn (Ausma, 2015), Spoon (Karote, 2019)


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About the film

Black & white, DCP
World premiere

Section: Documentary Films - Competition
Director: Laila Pakalniņa
Screenplay: Laila Pakalniņa
Dir. of Photography: Gints Berzins
Music: Malika Makouf Rasmussen
Editor: Silvija Vikaite
Producer: Laila Pakalniņa
Production: Hargla Company
Coproduction: Mechanix Film, Just a Moment
Contact: Hargla Company


Laila Pakalniņa

Film Director

Gints Berzins

Director of Photography

Anrijs Krenbergs

Sound Designer

Hege Dehli


Malika Makouf Rasmussen

Music Composer

Jonas Maksvytis

Sound Designer

Dagnė Vildžiūnaite


Dita Rietuma

Film Institution Rep.

Elīna Cire

Film Institution Rep.


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