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March 5


Thursday, 06:00pm, Goethe-Institut

Director: Ksenia Okhapkina
60min | Creative Documentary | Colour | Estonia, Latvia, Russia | 2019

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The film, set in a northwestern industrial town Apatity in Russia, which was previously a concentration camp, reveals the mechanism that entices human beings to voluntarily become a resource to the state. Can a person ever be free in a totalitarian society, where intricate and obscure structures take control of their mind-set from an early age? The film looks at the making of a Russian citizen from a fresh angle. The director’s subtle but demanding look reveals “the system” at work in the most benign-looking situations, in everyday aspects. What happens to people’s free will and self-determination in such conditions? The film is a Nietzschean treat, asking the core existential question: is a human being ever born free?

54th Karlovy Vary IFF GRAND PRIX for Best Documentary
Astra Film Festival - Best Film in the International Competition
ArtDocfest for Riga International Film Festival – Grand Prix

Website: https://immortal.ee/

Co-scriptwriters: Kersti Uibo, Pauls Bankovskis
Cinematographers: Aleksandr Demyanenko, Artem Ignatov, Ksenia Okhapkina
Film editors: Stijn Deconinck, Ksenia Okhapkina
Producer:Riho Västrik
Co-producer: Uldis Cekulis
Production Companies: OU Vesilind and VFS Films

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