Russia

Synopsis

A polar station on a desolate island in the Arctic Ocean. Sergei, a seasoned meteorologist, and Pavel, a recent college graduate, are spending months in complete isolation on the once strategic research base. Pavel receives an important radio message and is still trying to find the right moment to tell Sergei, when fear, lies and suspicions start poisoning the atmosphere.

Directors Statement

I think I was 14, a city kid, by chance reading diaries of Pinegin, a companion to Sedov's 1912 tragic effort to reach North Pole. That was a hastily-planned expedition, and when their vessel got ice-bound some thousand miles both from the goal and the nearest dwelling, the leader calmly stated: “So we will spend the winter here.” (In fact it became two winters for the crew, and eternity for Sedov. This was before radio, emergency air lifts or GPS became consumer goods). At that time “a winter” felt like half of my life. It still often does. Ever since I was fascinated with this ability to come to terms with notions of time and space drastically different from our common scale of hours and minutes or blocks and metro stops. This film, essentially, is a story of two personal (and incompatible) time-and-space scales. All of us being city dwellers, we tell the story from the point of view of the younger character whose life experience is much closer to ours. However, in making this film our effort was to become subjects to the nature of extreme North, to let go of rigid pre-planned concepts and be open and attentive to what it could offer us. And it had a lot to offer. I still can't believe how it felt at times.
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Cast & Crew

Directed by: Alexei Popogrebsky

Written by: Alexei Popogrebsky

Produced by: Roman Borisevich, Alexandr Kushaev

Cinematography: Pavel Kostomarov

Editing: Ivan Lebedev

Production Design: Gennadiy Popov

Main Cast: Grigory Dobrygin

Nominations and Awards

  • European Cinematographer – Prix Carlo Di Palma 2010
  • EFA Feature Film Selection 2010