Before I say a single word about Laila Pakalnina’s new film Spoon (2019), I need to thank Elina Reitere and the Latvian Film Institute, who allow me to discover the filmography of Pakalnina. It is a fascinating world for me. Except for Béla Tarr, I cannot say that I have seen a lot of slow films from the former East bloc. The Baltic countries are not on my radar at all. This doesn’t mean that they don’t exist. As I can see with Pakalnina’s work, there is some truly formidable work out . . .
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