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by Ksenia Okhapkina


Russian documentary filmmaker Ksenia Okhapkina’s essay portrait looks at the strict order that governs life in a small industrial city in Russia. With her talent for visual composition and perceptiveness regarding local events, she puts together an audiovisual collage of seemingly minor details that enable us to observe a society bound by the regime and political power. Scenes of young girls learning about discipline at ballet school or adolescent boys training for the army are eloquent examples of citizen indoctrination, but the filmmaker avoids psychologizing the participants. Instead she portrays the dangerous ideology without excessive words or narration, thus perfectly capturing its furtive omnipresence and inconspicuous-ness.

international title: Immortal
original title: Surematu
country: Estonia, Latvia
year: 2019
genre: documentary
directed by: Ksenia Okhapkina
film run: 60'
screenplay: Ksenia Okhapkina
cinematography by: Aleksandr Demyanenko, Artem Ignatov
film editing: Stijn Deconinck, Ksenia Okhapkina
music: Robert Jurjendal, Arian Levin
producer: Riho Västrik
production: OÜ Vesilind, VFS Films

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