THE TRAIN STATION (Russia in Transition, Vol. 4)

THE TRAIN STATION (Russia in Transition, Vol. 4)

    Price: $210.00

    Code: 2233
    Format: DVD

    Directed by Sergei Loznitsa
    2001 (US, 2006), 24 minutes
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    Set inside an isolated train depot, The Train Station is one of Sergei Loznitsa's most haunting films. It is also one of his most pointed social critiques.

    In this film, we are brought to a remote train station deep in the Russian woods. It's nighttime. In the distance, we hear the clatter of locomotives. The station, a small wooden building, sits silently, surrounded only by snow and train tracks.

    Inside, everyone is asleep. The camera pans slowly over the sleeping bodies. Some are leaning backwards, others are hunched over. Occasionally, someone moves a hand, coughs, turns. At one point, an elderly woman seems to wake up, only to look around and fall back into slumber.

    Without narration, and bathed in a ghostly light, the film is in its own serene way, gripping… and frightening. Why is everyone asleep? What is everyone waiting for? In published interviews, Loznitsa has described the film as a metaphor for what people in Russia are feeling today, a sense of "falling out of time."

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    Festivals & Awards

    * Official Selection, Mar del Plata Film Festival, 2005
    * Official Selection, Documentaire Sur Grand Écran, Paris, 2005
    * Official Selection, Taiwan International Documentary Festival, 2004
    * Winner, Best Documentary, Lyon International Film Festival, 2001
    * Winner, Best Cinematography, Krakow International Film Festival, 2001
    * Winner, Best Short Documentary, Ekaterinbug Film Festival, 2001
    * Winner, Silver Dove, Leipzig Festival for Documentary Film, 2000
    * Winner, National Award of the Russian Culture Foundation, 2000


    Reviews

    “…Loznitsa’s most eerie and enigmatic work…” – Educational Media Reviews Online

    “A contagiously somnolent short film.” - Slavic Review

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