INSECT NIGHT (HD / color / 95min / Latvia, Estonia)
Laila PAKALNINA, Kaspar KALLAS
Hargla Company, Digitaalne Sputnik
Laila Pakalnina is director of 27 documentaries, 5 shorts, and 5 fiction features. Her films have been screened in the official programmes of Cannes Film Festival, Venice International Film Festival, Berlin International Film Festival, Festival del film Locarno, Busan International Film Festival, International Documentary Film Festival Amsterdam (IDFA) and Rome International Film Festival, among others.
Her filmography includes fiction features such as Dawn (2015), Pizzas (2012), The Hostage (2006), The Python (2003), The Shoe (1998), and fiction shorts Silence (2009), Stones (2008), Fire (2007), and Water (2006). She has also directed documentaries Waterfall (2016), Hi, Rasma! (2015), Short Film about Life (2014), Hotel and a Ball (2014), The Chimney (2013), Forty Two (2013), Snow Crazy (2012), 33 Animals of Santa Claus (2011), On Rubiks’ Road (2010), Three Men and a Fish Pond (2008), Theodore (2006), Dream Land (2004), The Bus (2004), Papa Gena (2001), The Oak (1997), The Mail (1995), The Ferry (1994) and The Linen (1991).
Laila PAKALNINA, Kaspar KALLAS
Hargla Company was founded in 1997 in order to enable the founders to make their own films. Having produced 5 feature films, 12 creative documentaries and 4 fiction shorts thus far, the activities of Hargla Company have remained focused on this creative vision.
Almost all the company’s films have won festival awards, having been selected at Cannes Film Festival, Venice International Film Festival, Berlin International Film Festival, Locarno International Film Festival Festival del film Locarno, Busan International Film Festival, Rome International Film Festival, Karlovy Vary International Film Festival, and International Documentary Film Festival Amsterdam (IDFA), among others. Their filmography includes Waterfall (2016, documentary), Dawn (2015, feature), Hi, Rasma! (2015, documentary), Short Film about Life (2014, documentary), Hotel and a Ball (2014, documentary), The Chimney (2013, documentary), Forty Two (2013, documentary), Pizzas (2012, feature), 33 Animals of Santa Claus (2011, documentary), On Rubiks’ Road (2010, documentary), Silence (2009, short), Stones (2008, short), Fire (2007, short), The Hostage (2006, feature), Water (2006, short), The Bus (2004, documentary), It’ll Be Fine (2004, documentary), The Python (2003, feature), Martins (2002, documentary), Papa Gena (2001, documentary) and The Shoe (1998, feature).
During ‘Insect Night’ (an outdoor educational event organized by the Entomology Society) Krists is bitten by an insect brought to the event by Gravedigger, who often finds insects while digging graves. Most probably there is a connection between Krists being bitten by this large, never-before-encountered insect and the fact that he is now able to walk on water! But, Mum’s Dog eats the strange insect (Mother is a habitual drinker, and her dog therefore has a habit of wandering around). In order not to lose the newly discovered insect forever, the entomologists must follow Mum’s Dog all night long.
A Boy falls asleep and in his nightmares sees his mum selling their dog. When he wakes up, it appears that this is exactly what has happened – Mum has sold the dog to the scientists, one of whom thinks the dog’s belly should be cut open, as the insect inside is so precious. But, Krists saves the dog – taking it in his arms and carrying it out to the middle of a lake, where the scientists cannot reach them.
This is how the world functions – there is always someone there to save somebody at the very last moment. Despite this fact, Krists dies. He drowns not only because he is not Jesus but because there is nobody to save him, although many people witness him drowning.