In the Fog
V Tumane

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Film Info
Section:New Directors
Premiere Status:Germany
Year of Prod:2012
Running Time:128
Original Language:Russian
dir:Sergei Loznitsa
prod:Heino Deckert
scr:Sergei Loznitsa
cam:Oleg Mutu
editor:Danielius Kokanauskis
cast:Vladimir Svirski
Vladislav Abashin
Sergei Kolesov
Vlad Ivanov
source:Strand Releasing
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In the opening scene of this deceptively low-keyed film, three men are hustled to a gallows set up in a Belorussian village square and hanged while children play, vendors sell and a Nazi official reads a statement. A fourth prisoner, Sushenya, has been released without explanation. To the resistance, this is proof of betrayal and two partisans, Burov and Voitik, visit Sushenya in the night and walk him into the woods to conduct their own, covert execution. Once there, however, something happens that makes simply shooting this presumed traitor far more complicated than any of the three men anticipated. Director Sergei Loznitsa uses a beautifully muted palette of colors, silvery in night scenes, pale gold in daytime shots, and the simplicity of his approach is enhanced by the absence of any musical soundtrack. Only voices and sounds, the bark of an order, the crackle of brush, the occasional sharp report of a gun, punctuate this story of defiance, guilt and the nature of betrayal. Sushenya is both innocent and principled, but in the fog of war, does that really matter? In the Fog, which was awarded the FIRPRESCI Prize at the Cannes Film Festival, is an adaptation of a novel by Belarusian writer Vasily Bykov.
-Pamela Troy

Additional Information

Sergei Loznitsa

Belarusian director Sergei Loznitsa studied film at the Russian State Institute of Cinematography at Moscow. He began as a documentary filmmaker, directing several independent, low-budget documentaries before making his first feature film, My Joy, in 2010. He has said of In the Fog, “I chose this story that speaks about the war without talking about military actions. Everything that we see at the frontline, impressive battle scenes, for example, does not interest me. I am interested in the conditions that force people to come to the front lines.”