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The Train Stop


Sergueï Loznitsa
Russia, 2000
Production : Studio Okno

25'


Synopsis


Les trains roulent et s’immiscent dans le silence somnolant d’une petite gare. Le cliquetis, le sifflement et le tonnerre des roues de locomotives disparaissent dans la nuit, sans pourtant réveiller les gens dans la gare. Ils continuent de dormir d'un sommeil léthargique. Qu’attendent-ils ? Qu’est-ce qui les tirera de leur torpeur ?

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Le temps semble s’être arrêté… Mais le chant des grillons, les grincements du bois, le ruissellement de l’eau et le sifflement du blizzard simule le passage du temps. Cet univers sonore recouvre d’une texture inquiétante les plans fixes à la beauté picturale, au jeu d’ombres floutées sur les corps endormis. Des saisons s’enchaînent sans interrompre le sommeil de cette communauté en attente, aux corps abandonnés sourds aux bruits du temps, comme des passagers oubliés ou ensorcelés. Cette sublime composition se révèle métaphore de la situation de la population russe que Sergei Loznitsa considèrerait comme errant encore dans un état de léthargie avancée à la fin des années 90.

Christophe Postic et Pascale Paulat
Co-Artistic Directors of the Lussas "Etats généraux du film documentaire" festival

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Sergueï Loznitsa

Sergueï Loznitsa, born in 1964 in Belo-Russia (at the time in the USSR), is a Ukrainian director whose documentary work is sometimes on the edge of the experimental. He is a scientist, a specialist in artificial intelligence and a translator of Japanese. After this professional life, Sergueï Loznitsa decided to change his life and went to Moscow to train at the National Institute of Cinematography (VGIK), from which he graduated in 1997. In 2001, he moved with his family to Germany. He has directed 18 documentaries that have won awards at international festivals. His two feature films, "My Joy" (2010) and "Dans la Brume" (2012) were selected at the Cannes Film Festival. In 2014, he shot "Maidan" during the Ukrainian revolution (screened in Cannes). In 2015, "L'Evénement" is presented in Venice. His 2016 documentary, "Austerlitz", follows the journey of tourists in the concentration camps. He then directed two documentaries, "Victory Day" and "The Trial" and a fiction, "Donbass" (Best Director Award at Un Certain Regard). His latest film, "State Funeral", premiered in Venice.

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