World Premiere

In the Mirror

Local title
Peegelpildis
Original title
Spogulis
Director
Laila Pakalniņa
Country
Latvia, Lithuania
Year
2020
Festival
24th Black Nights Film Festival
Programme
OFFICIAL SELECTION – COMPETITION
Genre
/mängufilm/

Fairy-tales are stories which we are told as children and which we recognise in all sorts of characters around us as adults.

With her creative works which determinedly experiment with the language of film and the narrative, director and screenwriter Laila Pakalniņa has become renowned both at film festivals far away and right here at PÖFF last year with her documentary "The Spoon". Her film "The Shoe" intertwined fairy-tales with social criticism at Cannes as early as in 1998. After "Cinderella", she this time takes on "Snow White" We can all remember the evil stepmother whose sinister nature manifested in boundless self-admiration as she demanded daily praise from her reflection? Today, people talk to their reflection regularly multiple times more than the evil stepmother ever did throughout the entire fairy-tale.

"In the Mirror" places "Snow White" in the world’s fitness gym where, on the backdrop of the countless shed tears of sweat, we look for an answer to the question of who is the strongest and toughest in the world.

In this story, everyone talks to their reflection, which playfully comes from the perspective of the viewer. What does a person who only looks at himself see and what goes unnoticed on the background of all that? "In the Mirror" proposes answers at a high artistic level, while also daring to use the piquancy of absurd humour.

Elise Eimre

Director
Laila Pakalniņa
Screenwriter
Laila Pakalniņa
Cast
Madlēna Valdberga, Elza Leimane, Lauris Dzelzītis, Gatis Gāga, Kaspars Gods, Ģirts Krūmiņš
Producer
Laila Pakalniņa
DoP
Gints Bērziņš
Editor
Ieva Veiveryte
Runtime
Language
Latvian

Screenings

iSense hall Coca-Cola Plaza Tallinn
Screening100101 / Peegelpildis
SubtitlesEnglish, Estonian
Q&A guestsLaila Pakalnina, Gints Berzins
Q&A duration
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Virtual hall Online Estonia
Screening105002 / Peegelpildis
SubtitlesEnglish
Screening duration
Hall Electric Cinema Tartu
Screening122202 / Peegelpildis
SubtitlesEnglish, Estonian
Screening duration
Hall 6 Coca-Cola Plaza Tallinn
Screening140401 / Peegelpildis
SubtitlesEnglish, Estonian
Screening duration
Trailer
Q&A with the filmmaker