IN THE MIRROR
Fairy tale LV/CZ 85'
TARGET AUDIENCE AGE: 12 - 99
DIR.: Laila Pakalniņa
PROD.: Laila Pakalniņa, Mikulas Novotny
PROD. COMP.: Hargla Company, Backgroundfilms
LOOKING FOR: co-production, distribution, funding
A CrossFit trainer becomes the father of a baby girl, Snow White. Snow White’s mother dies, and her father marries a young woman obsessed with CrossFit and herself. She works out all the time in order to be the best. And she really is the best – she can do 50 burpees.* In the meantime, little Snow White plays and grows up in the CrossFit gym. All of those ropes, bars, balls, and jump ropes are her toys. Time passes, and one day it is revealed that while the Stepmother can do 50 burpees, Snow White can already do 53 burpees…
ABOUT THE DIRECTOR
LAILA PAKALNIŅA graduated from the Moscow Film Institute (VGIK), Department of Film Direction, in 1991. A director and scriptwriter of 28 documentaries, 5 shorts, and 5 fiction features, altogether she has 38 films, 2 children, 1 husband, 1 dog, and 2 bicycles. And many ideas for new films. Her films have been screened in official programmes at Cannes, Venice, Berlinale, Locarno, Karlovy Vary, Rome and other international festivals, where they have won numerous awards.
Hargla Company was founded in 1997 to enable its founders to make their own films. So far, the company has produced 5 features, 11 creative documentaries and 4 shorts. Almost all of them have won festival awards. They were selected for Cannes, Venice, Berlinale, Locarno, Rome, Karlovy Vary, IDFA, Visions du Reel, etc.