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Sniegs / Snow Crazy

Country: Latvia
Year: 2012
Duration: 34'
Direction: Laila Pakalnina
Writer: Laila Pakalniņa
Cinematographer: Uldis Cekulis, Valdis Celmiņš, Krišs Roziņš, Uldis Jancis
Editor: Krišs Roziņš, Gatis Belogrudovs
Sound: Anrijs Krenbergs
Production: Uldis Cekulis. VFS Films

Supported by the National Film Centre of Latvia, State Culture Capital Foundation, Riga City Council Department of Culture, Latvian Television


  • 2012 Visions du Reel (Nyon)
  • 2012 Vilnius Documentary Film Festival (Lithuania)
  • 2012 Kaunas International Film Festival (Lithuania)
  • 2012 Nordic Film Days, Lubeck (Germany)
  • 2012 Listapad Film Festival (Belarus)
  • 2012 Filmmakers film festival (Italy)

Spanish Premiere

There is a popular Latvian folksong which begins with the phrase “I was singing out high on a mountain”. The irony of it is that according to physical geography there are no mountains in Latvia. So what exactly is the place where the Latvians are “singing out”? It may be safely said that it’s the same place where they are skiing. That’s how we make mountains out of molehills...Snow-covered mountains, to be sure.

Laila Pakalnina

Laila Pakalnina (Liepaja, Latvia, 1962)

Laila Pakalnina1986 graduated from the Moscow University, Department of TV Journalism. 1991 graduated from the Moscow Film Institute (VGIK), Department of Film Direction. Director and scriptwriter of 21 documentaries, 5 shorts, 4 fiction features. So she has 30 films, 2 children, 1 husband, 1 dog, 1 bicycle. And many ideas for new films.

Filmography (documentaries)

  • Snow Crazy (Sniegs) (2012)
  • 33 Animals of Santa Claus (33 zvēri Ziemassvētki vecītim (2011)
  • On Rubiks’ Road (Pa Rubika ceļu) (2010)
  • Three Men and Fish Pond (Par dzimtenīti) (2008)
  • Theodore (Teodors) (2006)
  • Dream Land (Leiputrija) (2004)
  • The Bus (Autobuss) (2004)
  • It’ll Be Fine (Būs labi) (2004)
  • Martins (Mārtiņš) (2002)
  • Papa Gena (Papa Gena) (2001)
  • Wake up (Mostieties) (2000)
  • The Oak (Ozols) (1997)
  • Ubans (Ubāns) (1995)
  • The Mail (Pasts) (1995)
  • The Ferry (Prāmis) (1994)
  • The Church (Baznīca) (1993)
  • The Pilgrimage (Iešana) (1991)
  • The Linen (Veļa) (1991)
  • The Dome (Doms) (1991)
  • The Choice (Izvēle) (1990)
  • And (Un) (1988)

Contact details

VFS Films, Lapu 17, Riga, LV 1002

Promoted by
Gobierno de Navarra
Organized by
With the aid of
Con la financiación del Gobierno de España. Instituto de la Cinematografía y las Artes AudiovisualesAcción Cultural EspañolaPlan de Recuperación, Transformación y ResilienciaFinanciado por la Unión Europea. NexGenerationEU
With the support of
Ayuntamiento de PamplonaCentro de Arte Contemporáneo de HuarteFundación Caja NavarraGoethe Institut
Member of
PantallaIberofestLa Mesta
Filmoteca de Navarra
Museo Oteiza
Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofía
Elías Querejeta Zine Eskola
Festival de Cine Africano FCAT
Festival Scope
Centre Cinématographique Marocain
Hotel Tres Reyes
Hotel Maisonave
Cineteca Bologna
The Film Foundation
World Cinema Project
Cinemateca Portuguesa
Festivals in Navarre
Punto de Vista
NIFF - Navarra International Film Festival
Navarra, tierra de cine
Ópera Prima
CTL 59
#LabMeCrazy! Science Film Festival
Festival de Cine y Dentistas
Horror Online Art
FICBE (Festival Internacional de Cortos de Berriozar)
FAN, Festival de Anime de Navarra
Lo que viene
Muestra de cine español
Filmmaking for social change
Muestra Internacional de Cine y Mujeres de Pamplona

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