aka Schastye moe First screened in September 2010 / Most recently screened in January 2019
Director: Sergei Loznitsa. Cast: Viktor Nemets, Alisa Slepyan, Pavel Vorozhtsov, Dmitriy Rkovskiy, Vladimir Golovin, Alexei Vertkov, Dmitriy Gotsdiner, Olga Shuvalova, Natalya Ryabova, Nadezhda Novikova, Lech Dyblik, Yuriy Sviridenko, Vassiliy Khulap, Nikolai Kupriyanenko, Andrei Gerasimenko, Dmitriy Poddubny, Konstantin Shelestun, Denis Bobrovchish, Zinaida Belik, Maria Varsami, Sergei Burding, Denis Steba, Artem Koshelev, Aleksandr Fomichenko, Roman Bykhovets, Igor Chigasov, Vyacheslav Shikhaleev, Anatoliy Kovalenko, Viktor Litvinenko, Vera Zykova, Leonid Alakhverdov, Timophen Tribuntsev, Pavel Chukreev, Boris Kamorzin, Vlad Ivanov, Olga Kogut. Screenplay: Sergei Loznitsa. Twitter Capsule:(2010)
Like Russian Ark dreamscape restaged as Wages of Fear-style suspenser in mordant, purgatorial key of Romanian New Wave.
More oppressive than I recalled, but an ambitious, formally dexterous take on Russia, in realist and surrealist registers.
A seminal work in the 21st-century Slavic cinema and a prescient X-ray of contemporary Russian anxieties and instabilities. Why didn't everyone notice?