Western frontiers of the USSR, 1942. The region is under German occupation, and local partisans are fighting a brutal resistance campaign. Deep in an ancient forest, where there are neither friends nor enemies, and where the line between treason and heroism disappears, Sushenya, a rail worker, unjustly accused of treason and targeted for revange, is forced to make a moral choice under immoral circumstances.
FIPRESCI Prize | (Cannes IFF, France, 2012
Main Prize | Zerkalo IFF after Andrei Tarkovsky, Russia, 2012
CAST & CREW
Sergei Loznitsa, based on the novel by Vasili Bykov
Director of Photography
Jurgis Karsons, Kirill Shuvalov
Vladimir Svirski, Vlad Abashin, Sergei Kolesov, Nikita Peremotovs, Julia Peresild, Kirill Petrov
ma.ja.de (Germany), Rija Films (Latvia) GP Cinema Company (Russia), Lemming Film (The Netherlands), Belarusfilm (Belarus)
Born 1964, Baranowitchi, Belarus) Scriptwriter, director. In 1987 graduated from the Kiev Polytechnic with a degree in Applied Mathematics. In 1987-1991 he worked as a scientist at the Kiev Institute of Cybernetics, specializing in artificial intelligence research. He also worked as a translator from Japanese. In 1997 he graduated from the The Moscow All-Russian State Institute of Cinematography (VGIK), where he studied feature filmmaking. Sergei Loznitsa has been making documentary films since 1996, and he has directed 11 documentaries. He has received numerous international and national awards. In 2010 Loznitsa’s feature debut My Joy premiered in the main competition at the Festival de Cannes. The film has been awarded the Best Director’s Prize and the Prize of the Russian Film Critic’s Guild at the Kinotavr FF in Sochi, the Silver Apricot Award at the IFF in Yerevan, and many others.
Today We Are Going to Build a House (1996,), Life, Autumn (1998), The Train Stop (2000), Settlement (2001), Portrait (2002), Landscape (2003), Factory (2004), Blockade (2005), Artel (2006), Revue (2008), Northern Light (2008), My Joy (2010), In the Fog (2012).