Directed by: Micha³ Marczak Producer: Marianna Rowinska Production company: Ozumi Films Cinematography: Radoslaw Ladczuk Editing: Dorota Wardeszkiewicz
Format: video Running time: 72'
Synopsis One of the last existing outposts of Russian Army, seen with the eyes of a 19-year-old recruit. In the middle of (frozen) nowhere, more than one thousand kilometers from the nearest tree, a handful of experienced soldiers and their young assistant are left alone to cope with themselves, with magnificent nature and with obsolete political ideas forcing them to keep going while they fight invisible enemies on the border. Alexei must win the respect of his elderly superiors by carrying out more or less absurd and meaningless daily rituals and routine. This film does not criticize; it tells us a human story about isolated people who seek shelter from the clumsy chaos of civilian life under the self-imposed military order and discipline. Unforgettable characters whose secrets and demons from their civilian life are tinted with a Russian blend of melancholy and male courage.
Awards and Festivals Hot Docs 2011- HBO Emerging Artist Award, Filmmakers choice Award
Visions du Réel 2011 Etat d'Esprit – special mention
Jihlava International Documentary Film Festival 2011 – Silver Eye Award for Best Feature Documentary
International documentary film festival Flahertiana 2010 – FIPRESCI Award
Planete Doc Review 2010 Magic Hour Award – main prize
Nomination for Best European Documentary 2010
Directors Biography Micha³ Marczak was born in Warsaw in 1982. He studied in Poland (Andrzej Wajda Master School of Film Directing and Faculty of Multimedia), U.S. (Film Directing and Multimedia, California Institute of Arts, LA) and Canada. 'At the Edge of Russia' is his first feature-length documentary. Before that, he was director of photography for a few Polish documentarists and he directed awarded short films and musical videos. Currently, he is working on two documentary films and his first feature film.
Location and screening schedule: EUROPA CINEMA, Thursday, October 20th at 9.00 TUŠKANAC CINEMA, Thursday, October 20th at 16.30 DOCUCINEMA CROATIA, Thursday, October 20th at 21.00