Laila Pakalnina: The Cinema of the Semiperiphery

11. 11. 2016 / DUPLEX100m2



Kumjana Novakova, Pravo Ljudski Film Festival


The Cinema of the Semiperiphery

Eastern Europe is positioned between the center and the periphery, enclosing features of both, as core and periphery processes are both occurring. The characteristics of the space as semiperiphery matters for knowledge, as well as for art and cinema production.

How does the social and the political shape authorship in this space which breaks the binary between the centre and periphery with this third element, the semiperiphery, that is always in transition?

Laila Pakalnina is a prominent and prolific filmmaker, and her work is culturally and politically defined by the context, while her filmic language is often associated with (political) irony. Thus, how does this constant transition affect her creation in cinema – both in terms of the creative, and in terms of production?

Laila Pakalnina is a director and scriptwriter of 28 documentaries, 5 shorts, and 5 fiction features, altogether she has 38 films, 2 children, 1 husband, 2 dogs and 2 bicycles. And many ideas for new films. 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.