In the Fog
In this eerie, dreamlike WWII drama, a partisan suspected of being a traitor is apprehended and taken out into the woods to be executed—but as the night fog closes in, the difference between darkness and light (and innocence and guilt) becomes ever more murky.
May 23, 2013
|9:30 PM||SIFF Cinema Uptown Festival||Date has passed|
May 24, 2013
|1:00 PM||AMC Pacific Place 11||Date has passed|
In the forested frontier of the USSR, two Belarusian partisans escort a civilian to his death. The year is 1942, and Sushenya, a railroad worker, has been snared in a wicked tangle of nationalism, collaboration, honor, and survival in an impossible and inescapable moral quagmire. After he is arrested and then inexplicably released by the Nazi occupation, word quickly spreads that helpless Sushenya is a traitor, and although he can feel fate's cruel fingers slowly wind around his neck, he can do little to stop them. Sergei Loznitsa's second narrative feature is an unflinching examination of the physical and existential brutalities wrought upon the common man during wartime. Cinematographer Oleg Mutu aids the film's dreamlike drama through the film's titular haze which provides space for ghostly apparitions that haunt the men's descent toward destiny. In the Fog focuses its quiet, observational camera on the superbly restrained performances of its three central figures, whose story will haunt you long after you've left the theater.
Ukrainian director Sergei Loznitsa had already made his mark as a documentary filmmaker by the time his first fictional feature My Joy was chosen for main competition in the Cannes Film Festival in 2010. His follow-up, In the Fog, competed at Cannes for the 2012 Palme D’Or.
|Principal Cast:||Vladimir Svirski, Vlad Abashin, Sergei Kolesov, Vlad Ivanov, Julia Peresild, Nadezhda Markina|
|Country:||Germany, Russia, Netherlands, Latvia|
|Running Time:||128 minutes|
|Awards:||Cannes Film Festival 2012 (FIPRESCI Prize); Andrei Tarkovsky International Film Festival 2012 (Grand Prix for Best Film); Minsk International Film Festival 2012 (Grand Prix Golden Listapad); Yerevan International Film Festival 2012 (Golden Apricot); Odessa International Film Festival 2012 (Best Feature Film); Cottbus International Film Festival 2012 (Award for Outstanding Actor, Prize of the Ecumenical Jury); Trieste International Film Festival 2013 (Best Film)|
|Filmography:||My Joy (2010); Revue (2008); Settlement (2001)|
|US Distributor:||Strand Releasing|
|International Sales:||The Match Factory|