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Shoe, The

Shoe, The

In the late 1950's the white sandy beaches of Lativa were part of the Soviet Union's frontier. Every night, Soviet tractors would comb Lativa's coast and leave fine grooves in the sand. Trespassers of any kind who might cross the beach would leave telltale tracks and lead Soviet patrols to investigate. One morning, three Soviet patrolmen discover a woman's shoe in the sand and footsteps leading to the local village of Liepaja. Alarms sound, troops are dispatched: an official inquiry begins. But things don't go well. Despite their military training, the patrolmen can't solve the mystery. Leipaja has seductive power. The troops take too much time, neglect their purpose and begin to enjoy themselves. The men ask, cajole and order woman after woman to try on the shoe, but it never fits. Finally, defeated, the troops return to their post.


Laila Pakalnina graduated from Moscow University in 1986 as a TV journalist and studied at the city\'s Film School VGIK until 1991, graduating as a film director. Her films are: And (1988), The Choice (1990), The Dome (1991), The Linen (1991), The Pilgrimage (1991), Anna\'s Christmas (1992), The Church (1993), The Ferry (1994), The Mail (1995), Ubans (1995), The Oak (1997). The Shoe is her first full-length feature film.
Category Feature
Director Laila Pakalnina
Screenplay Laila Pakalnina
Cinematography Gints Berzins
Sandra Alksne
Cast Jaan Taette, Igors Buraks, Vadims Grossmans
Producer Christoph Meyer-Wiel
Production Company Schlemmer Film/CMW Film, Berlin, in co-production with ZDF, ARTE
Length 83 min
Format 35 mm, b&w
Original Version
 Russian/Latvian
Subtitled Versions English, French
Sound Technology Dolby SR
Festivals Cannes 98: Un Certain Regard, Muenchen 98, Karlovy Vary 98, Jerusalem 98, Montreal 98, Toronto 98, Los Angeles 98: AFI, Valladolid 98, London 98, Stockholm 99, Berlin 99: German Films
With backing from National Film Centre of Latvia

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