Harsh, self-consuming stylistic exercise introduces nearly a single moving scene, through which the winter landscaped curled in itself seems to watch those who really want to see it. A church with the plaster flaking off, wooden houses at the edge of a field, a road leading out of a provincial Russian town, and finally – human faces covering it all, turning together inside an artful laboratory of a single movement. Layered sounds of the square, dogs and birds, train and people, of all these moving things, create a unique atmosphere of a place covered with snow, where dozens of passengers wait at a bus stop. Sentences are evaporating in the freezing air, people are swaying, characters are talking, touching each other with their voices, their sounds being so close, their sounds being the only thing that can define the variable borders of bodies within the peopled solitude of this long panorama.
Sergei Loznitsa was born 1964 in Belarus and grew up in the Ukraine. Graduated from the Russian State Institute of Cinematography (VGIK) in Moscow in 1997. He has been making documentary films since 1996 and has received numerous national and international awards. In 2010 Loznitsa’s feature debut MY JOY premiered in the main competition at the Festival de Cannes followed by IN THE FOG in 2012 and MAIDAN in 2014. SEGODNYA MY POSTROIM DOM (Today We Are Going To Build A House, co-directed by Marat Magambetov, 1996, short doc), ZHIZN, OSEN (Life, Autumn, co-directed by Marat Magambetov, 1998, short doc), POLUSTANOK (The Train Stop, 2000, short doc), POSELENIJE (The Settlement, 2001, doc), PORTRET (Portrait, 2002, short doc), PEYZAZH (Landscape, 2003, doc), FABRIKA (Factory, 2004, short doc), BLOKADA (Blockade, 2005, doc), ARTEL (2006, short doc), SEVERNY SVET (Northern Light, 2008, doc), PREDSTAVLENYE (Revue, 2009, doc), SCHASTYE MOE (My Joy, 2010), V TUMANE (In The Fog, 2012; CE '13), O MILAGRE DE SANTO ANTÓNIO (The Miracle of Saint Anthony, 2012, short doc), PISMO (The Letter, 2012, short doc), REFLECTIONS. DIRECTOR'S CUT (2014, short doc), MAIDAN (2014, doc), THE OLD JEWISH CEMETERY (2014, short doc)
OV with English subtitles
Cinematography Pavel Kostomarov
Sound/Sounddesign Vladimir Golovnitzkiy
Producer(s) Heino Deckert (ma.ja.de. fiction) Koproduktion / Co-Production MDR (DE)
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