In The Fog
by Sergei Loznitsa
Western frontiers of the USSR, 1942. The region is under German occupation, and local partisans are fighting a brutal resistance campaign.
A train is derailed not far from the village, where Sushenya, a rail worker, lives with his family. Innocent Sushenya is arrested with a group of saboteurs, but the German officer makes a decision not to hang him with the others and sets him free. Rumours of Sushenya's treason spread quickly, and partisans Burov and Voitik arrive from the forest to get revenge.
As the partisans lead their victim through the forest, they are ambushed, and Sushenya finds himself one-to-one with his wounded enemy.
Deep in an ancient forest, where there are neither friends nor enemies, and where the line between treason and heroism disappears, Sushenya is forced to make a moral choice under immoral circumstances.
Born in Baranovichi (Belarus, former USSR) in 1964, Sergei Loznitsa has been making documentary films since 1996, and he has directed 11 documentaries. He has received numerous inter- national 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 oeuvre BLOCKADE (2005) is based on the archive footage of besieged Leningrad.
In may 2010 Loznitsa’s feature debut MY JOY premiered in the main competition at the Festival de Cannes. The film has been awarded the Best Director’s prize and the prize of the Rus- sian Film Critic’s Guild at the “Kinotavr” FF in Sochi, the Grand Prix at the IFF in Vologda, the “Silver Apricot” award at the IFF in Yerevan, the Best Script award at the “Kinoshock” IFF in Anapa, the FIPRESCI Prize and the Grand Prix at the “Molo- dist” IFF in Kiev, the Grand Prix at the “Listopad” IFF in Minsk, the Grand Prix at the “Black Nights” IFF in Tallinn.
FIPRESCI Award Cannes 2012
Written and directed by: Sergei Loznitsa
Based on a novel by: Vasil Bykov
Cinematographer: Oleg Mutu
Editor: Danielius Kokanauskis
Art Director: Juris Zukovskis
Costume Designer: Dorota Roqueplo
Line Producer: Martin Schlüter
Producer: Heino Deckert
Co-Producers: Galina Sementseva, Valkentina Mikhaleva, Vilnis Kalnaellis, Leontine Petit Joost de Vries, Oleg Silvanovich
A Production of: ma.ja.de fiction,
in coproduction with: GP Cinema Company, Rija Films, Lemming Film, Belarusfilm, ZDF/ARTE