This movie is about a day in life of the settlement for people with mental problems. Located in a peaceful countryside, it conveys an image of a pure, happy place, where people live and work together, in complete harmony. But there is a growing unexplainable feeling of anxiety and hopelessness. –loznitsa.com
Sergey Loznitsa was born September 5th, 1964 in the city of Baranovitchi, in Belarus. At that time Belarus was part of the Soviet Union. Later Sergey’s family moved to Kiev, Ukraine, where Sergey finished high school.
In 1981 Sergey applied and was admitted to Kiev Polytechnic Institute, with the major in applied mathematic and control systems. In 1987 he graduated with a degree in engineering and mathematics.
From 1987 through 1991 Sergey was employed as a scientist at the Institute of Cybernetics. He was involved in the development of expert systems, artificial intelligence, and decision-making processes.
In addition to his main job, Sergey worked as a translator from Japanese. During that time Sergey developed a strong interest in cinematography, and in 1991 he applied to Russian State Institute of Cinematography, in Moscow. After passing a very vigorous selection process, Sergey was admitted to the Institute. He studied in the studio of Nana Dzhordzhadze. read more
i'd rather say that the "growing unexplainable feeling of anxiety and hopelessness" evaporates as the film progresses. it starts tragically, with a russia that looks like a 3rd world country, first appearing as in a dream, but gradually clearing the image simulating the awaking of an individual, of a conscience. people we deem defective are closer to those ideals of cooperation, friendship, contentment with little ..
.. so desired and demanded for a normal society. but if structural imperfection brings you closer to those seemingly unreachable, but heavily clamored on all the roads - to the effect of losing any power of suggestion - goals, who are trully flawed: people or ideals ? loznitsa is not dogmatic in any of his films, his ideas come tiptoeing, but i saw in this movie a portrait of a community as opposed to societies governed strictly by reason, which is ultimately self-destructive in its most extreme forms. what does a man need so that he wants to stay in that moment forever? a missing nut?