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
Sergei Loznitsa was born on September, 5th 1964 in Baranovichi (Belarus, former USSR). He grew up in Kiev, and in 1987 graduated from the Kiev Polytechnic with a degree in Applied Mathematics. In 1987-1991 he worked as a scientist at the Kiev Institute of Cybernetics, specializing in artificial intelligence research. He also worked as a translator from Japanese.
In 1997 he graduated from the Russian State Institute of Cinematography (VGIK), where he studied feature film making.
Sergei Loznitsa has been making documentary films since 1996, and he has directed 13 documentaries. He has received numerous international and national awards, including festival prizes in Karlovy Vary, Leipzig, Oberhausen, Paris, Madrid, Toronto, Jerusalem, St-Petersburg, as well as the Russian National Film awards “Nika” and “Laurel”. Sergei Loznitsa’s montage film “Blockade” (2005) is based on the archive footage of besieged Leningrad.
Loznitsa’s feature debut “MY JOY” (2010) premiered… 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?