In The Fog

In The Fog  {V Tumane}
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In The Fog
V Tumane
Germany, 2012, 127 Minute Running Time
Additional Countries: Russia, Latvia, Netherlands, Belarus
Topic: War
Program: World Cinema Now
Language: Russian English Sub-Titles

Awards: Winner: FIPRESCI Award, Cannes Film Festival.

A film about how war turns the moral compass on its head, this Cannes FIPRESCI prize-winner about a railroad engineer arrested and then released by the Germans in occupied Russia in 1942, casts a haunting spell.

As the film opens, stoic Shushenya is confronted at home one night by a soulless partisan, who’s come to kill him after a German reprisal in which three of his compatriots involved in an act of sabotage have been hung. Shushenya goes along with the man, accepting his fate – and even offering to bring his own shovel for the task. Avoiding death by chance when German soldiers come upon the two, Shushenya escapes from both the soldiers and his would-be executioner, but returns to rescue the other man, who’s been wounded in the ensuing fire-fight. Thus begins a deeply compelling moral tale, infused with a spare but engrossing storytelling style and a masterful sense of visual composition.

“An intense, slow-burning and haunting drama [...] shrouded in the fog of war, the fog of fear and the fathomless fog of European history.” Peter Bradshaw, The Guardian

DIRECTOR: Sergei Loznitsa
Producer: Heino Deckert
Editor: Danielius Kokanauskis
Screenwriter: Sergei Loznitsa
Cinematographer: Oleg Mutu
Principal Cast: Vladimir Svirski, Vlad Abashin, Sergei Kolesov, Vlad Ivanov, Julia Peresild, Nadezhda Markina
Filmography: My Joy (2010)
Print Source: Strand Releasing - www.strandreleasing.com

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