FACTORY (Russia In Transition, Vol. 1)
2004 (US, 2006), 30 minutes
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A meticulous study of a steel and clay factory in the Urals, Sergei Loznitsa's Factory is a captivating meditation on man and machine.
Stunningly photographed in rich sacral tones, Factory takes the viewer on a visually mesmerizing tour through the belly of an old Soviet industrial plant. In near pitch-dark conditions, male workers toil over fiery blast furnaces, pour molten steel into giant casting ladles, and hammer metal spikes into colossal machines (echoes of Fritz Lang's Metropolis abound), as their female counterparts in a slightly more hospitable environment operate the assembly lines, endlessly moving clay blocks from one conveyor belt to another.
Unlike some of Loznitsa's previous films, which dealt with rural and environmental issues, Factory, a brilliant subversion of the Soviet-era idealization of the worker, is concerned with industry, labor, and development. It is an unapologetic questioning of Russia's ability to emerge as a modern industrial nation in the 21st century.
Subjects & Collections
Festivals & Awards* Winner, Best Documentary, Lyon Film Festival 2005
* Winner, Best Documentary Film, Images Film Festival, 2005
* Winner, Special Jury Mention, Trieste International Film Festival, 2005
* Official Selection, Leipzig International Film Festival, 2005
* Official Selection, Mar del Plata International Film Festival, 2005
* Official Selection, Montreal International Film Festival, 2005
* Official Selection DocLisboa Film Festival, 2005
* Official Selection DocPoint International Film Festival, 2005
* Official Selection, Rio de Janeiro Film Festival, 2005
Reviews“...Loznitsa’s camera captures both the danger, monotony and dehumanizing quality of industrial production and the power and majesty of the industrial process…. evokes both Chaplin’s Modern Times and Fritz Lang’s Metropolis.” – Educational Media Reviews Online
"The color compositions and sounds of the film made it an intense physical experience and reminded the audience of the power of cinema in its early days. Outstanding!" – Leonardo, Journal of the International Society for the Arts, Sciences and Technology
“Factory takes viewers inside an aging industrial steel and clay producing plant in the Urals… beautifully captured in rich dark tones with flashes of bright yellow, red and orange. Recommended.” – Video Librarian
THE SETTLEMENT (Russia in Transition, Vol. 3)
A critically-acclaimed, visually arresting documentary about a very strange Russian settlement, from renowned documentary filmmaker, Sergei Loznitsa.
PORTRAIT (Russia in Transition, Vol. 2)
An award-winning film from Russian documentary filmmaker Sergei Loznitsa, Portrait is an evocative snapshot of a disappearing way of life, a meditation on old and new Russia.
RUSSIA IN TRANSITION: the films of sergei loznitsa (series)
One of our most important and urgent documentary filmmakers, Loznitsa has been documenting the changes in countries of the former Soviet Union since the collapse of the cold war. His films are poetic, insightful and haunting portraits of contemporary Russia. This four-volume set includes: Factory, Portrait, The Settlement, The Train Station.
THE TRAIN STATION (Russia in Transition, Vol. 4)
Set inside an isolated train depot deep, The Train Station is one of Sergei Loznitsa’s most haunting films. It is also one of his most pointed social critiques.