Land of Oblivion

Land of Oblivion  {La terre outragée}
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Land of Oblivion
La terre outragée
France, 2011, 115 Minute Running Time
Additional Countries: Germany, Poland, Ukraine
Topics: Drama, Environment, Woman Director
Program: World Cinema
Language: Russian, Ukrainian, French English Sub-Titles

Given last year’s Fukushima meltdown, Michale Boganim’s powerful work about how the long-term repercussions from the 1986 Chernobyl disaster reverberate through one Ukrainian community is both chillingly apt and dramatically heartbreaking. Married on the day of the disaster, Anya (Quantum of Solace’s Olga Kurylenko) and firefighter Pyotr are pulled apart when he is drafted to fight a fire at, unbeknownst to them, the nuclear power plant. That is the last Anya ever sees of him. Meanwhile, in-the-know engineer Alexei forces his wife Lena, and young son, Valery, to get out of town, before going back to help in what is a helpless cause. Ten years later, a psychologically wounded Anya is a tour guide at the plant, and Valery, 16, returns to honor the memory of his hero father before going missing…. Boganim’s frightening depiction of the immediate effects of the meltdown is note perfect. But it is in the film’s second half, set ten years later, when the profound implications of the nuclear accident hit home with such power.

DIRECTOR: Michale Boganim
Producer: Laetitia Gonzalez, Yael Fogiel, Nathalie Vallet
Editor: Anne Weil, Thierry Derocles
Screenwriter: Michale Boganim, Anne Weil
Cinematographer: Yorgos Arvanitis, Antoine Herberle
Music: Leszel Mozdzer
Principal Cast: Olga Kurylenko, Illya Iosivof, Andrzej Chyra, Vyacheslav Slanko, Nicolas Wanczycki, Serguei Strelnikov
Filmography: Odessa...Odessa! (2005) Documentary
Print Source: Le Pacte -

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