• Sergei Loznitsa
    • Russia
    • 2006
    • 30 min
    • Paradocs
    Master shots, long takes, wide lens, black-and-white - absurd poetry of daily life. It seems to be a film formula that Russian directors have a patent on. You could make all sorts of critical remarks about it, but the genre yields many a gorgeous film. In Artel, we follow a group of small black silhouettes on a wide white landscape with a couple of log cabins. Beneath the snow and ice they are walking on, fish are swimming. In any case, the men spend a lot of time dealing with some fishing nets. If they did not use a chainsaw to make a hole in the ice, the film could just as well have been made 80 years ago. The documentary seems to say that life by the sea has always looked like this and it always will. Or is the final shot, when the ice breaks and the water flows, a reference to the old Soviet masters and an optimistic symbol of imminent change in a frozen social situation?


    • 30 min
    • black and white
    • video
    Sergei Loznitsa
    Viacheslav Telnov for St. Petersburg Documentary Film Studio
    Sergei Mikhalchuk
    Sergei Loznitsa
    Vladimir Golovnitski

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