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From film 'Water' by Latvian filmmaker Laila Pakalnina, special guest for a masterclass during the Festival's Ateliers.
Laila Pakalnina: Humour and Beauty
Laila Pakalnina’s films are complex yet accessible, they are light and profound at the same time, associating irony and beauty. Her documentaries as well as her feature films – selected by major festivals (Berlin, Cannes, Locarno, and Venice) – are based on a meticulous observation of life and require few words. “She considers that if something can be explained verbally, the cinematographic potential of the subject is lessened" (Luciano Barisone, director of Visions du Réel).
Her narratives, stripped of dialogue and rich in images, are built on a montage accumulating visual indications rather than on a plot. Such a process leaves room for interpretation and offers the viewer exciting possibilities in which enjoyment of the spectacle is associated with an empathic reflection on humanity.