Pismo

The Letter

 
Das Filmmaterial zu PISMO entstand bereits Anfang der 2000er-Jahre. Für knapp zehn Jahre hatte Loznitsa die Aufnahmen aus einer psychiatrischen Anstalt zuvor unangetastet in seinem Archiv belassen. Bereits seine vorhergehenden Filme verzichten gänzlich auf Dialogsequenzen, dokumentieren menschliche Verfassung über die bloße Montage von Bild und atmosphärischen Tonaufnahmen. In Pismo reizt Loznitsa dieses Prinzip weiter aus, lässt den Ton das Bild dominieren. Und dennoch, der Ort an sich verwehrt sich der Artikulation menschlicher Stimmen. Pismo definiert die Atmosphäre eines Ortes, an dem Menschen, in ihrer Ohnmacht gefangen, ihr Leben fernab jeglicher Zivilisation zubringen müssen.

A remote village in the Northwest of Russia. A mental asylum is located in an old wooden house. The place and its inhabitants seem to be untouched by civilization. In this pristine setting, no articulate human voice is heard, and pain is muted.

Director's Biography
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.

Films: 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)
Tribute 2015
Sergei Loznitsa
Russland / Niederlande 2012
black and white
20 Minuten
ohne Dialog
Kamera Pavel Kostomarov
Schnitt Sergei Loznitsa
Ton/Sounddesign Vladimir Golovnitzkiy
Produzent*innen Sergei Loznitsa, Maria Choustova-Baker (Atoms & Void)
Produktion
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