International Competition

Hotel and a Ball

Laila Pakalniņa
Screening time  
25.02. / Wednesday, 15:00 - 17:00 Theatre 1  
27.02. / Friday, 13:00 - 15:00 Theatre 4  
28.02. / Saturday, 20:00 - 22:00 Theatre 3  
Why is the world the place it is? A documentary poem coloured with humor and truth.

"The film is about wondering why the world is the place it is" – that’s how Pakalniņa describes Hotel and a Ball, a documentary poem coloured with humor and truth. The film wonders why, for example, beauty often lies in simplicity, or why taking something too seriously might result ridiculous, when, on the contrary, playing can be the most important and serious thing to do. It is a masterful quiet dialogue of worlds and points of view.


Laila Pakalniņa

Laila Pakalniņa studied film directing at the Moscow Film Institute and TV journalism at Moscow University. She has directed and written several short films and documentaries as well as three full length films, which have been shown at the festivals in Cannes and Venice. Pakalniņa’s films are stunning to watch and her stories are often carried with gentle irony and strong symbolism.

General sponsor

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2014, 39', DCP

Directed by:
Laila Pakalniņa

Screenplay by:
Laila Pakalniņa

Uldis Jancis

Edited by:
Kaspar Kallas

Laila Pakalniņa

Produced by:
Hargla Company

Festivals & Awards:

Visions du Réel 2014; Vila do Conde Short Film Festival 2014; DokumentART 2014