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DirectorLaila Pakalniņa
ProducerLaila Pakalniņa – Hargla Company
WriterLaila Pakalniņa
EditorIvars Burtnieks
CameraIvars Burtnieks
SoundAnrijs Krenbergs
ScreeningFriday 9 November | 17:15 hours | Filmhuis Den Haag
Sunday 11 November | 12:30 hours | Filmhuis Den Haag
Sunday 11 November | 17:00 hours | Theatar Dakota
Original TitleSAPNIS
Length7 min

In the middle of nowhere there is a shop called ‘Dream’ where people go to only to inevitably wake up. A film by Laila Pakalnina, one of Latvia’s most prolific directors today.


A shop by the side of the road. One after another, people enter and exit the small building. The randomness and illogical nature of the action feels unreal. The sense of timelessness and of being in an unnamed place further heightens the dreamlike nature of the scene. The nearly motionless black-and-white camera records a fragment of life in a place torn from the context of the world. A short documentary by talented Laila Pakalniņa, one of the best known Latvian film directors working in documentary and feature film genre. Her films have screened in official programmes at Cannes, Venice, Berlinale, Locarno, Karlovy Vary, Rome and other international festivals, where they have won numerous awards.

Director’s bio

Laila Pakalniņa was 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. She won numerous festival prizes, including the FIPRESCI prize in Cannes for the best short film with Pramis (1996) and the Golden Bear at the Berlinale for her short film Udens (2006).