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A collection of still pictures of residents of Russian countryside. Not a single word. Only long look into the camera. Landscape. Flow of time.

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Sergei Loznitsa’s second film is one of his underseen documentaries, and a beautifully austere work of cinematic distillation. Through filming the people of rural Russia, Portrait evokes unexpected depths of emotion through a deceptively simple concept: the contemplation of stillness.