The First Bridge

Krāslava bridge is the first bridge over the river Daugava in the territory of Latvia - gate for the Daugava river from Belarus to Latvia. Every film is about time, but ours maybe a bit more than every as it was shot on Kodak Eastman Plus-X Negative Film 5231, acquired in the year 1997 and discovered intact in 2018. So we are dedicating THE FIRST BRIDGE to Film stock.

Director Biography

Laila Pakalnina graduated from the Moscow Film Institute (VGIK), Department of Film Direction, in 1991. A director and scriptwriter of 31 documentaries, 5 shorts, and 5 fiction features, altogether she has 41 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.


Laila Pakalnina








12 min.


Saturday, 4 September 12:00 - 13:25 / Kijkhuis 1
85 min.
Sunday, 5 September 18:10 - 19:50 / Kijkhuis 1
100 min.

Also in this session

1. The First Bridge
Laila Pakalnina, 12 min.
2. Vagalumes
Léo Bittencourt, 19 min.
3. Inabitável
Matheus Farias, Enock Carvalho, 20 min.
4. I Want to Return Return Return
Elsa Rosengren, 30 min.