A roadmovie through Ukraine and Russia
“a monumental cinematic epos” — “unique moments of reality”
“ A roadmovie from Kiev to Moscow. An actress, a director, a cameraman and a recordist. A small team, travelling in an old station wagon. That will be it, our cinematic contribution on the non-transparent mist of crisis in Eastern Europe. We are not taking sides, except the one of peace, the overcoming of borders and being the silent observer who, uncommented, gives a voice to simple people.” Daniel G. Schwarz (Director)
Cold November in the conflict area of the Eastern Ukraine. A young peace activist fights her way from Kiev to Moscow across borders, checkpoints and hostile lines. On the streets she encounters unique moments in times of war.
“The film is a symphony for peace. Without words it is driven foward by a tremendously powerful imagery, one single main character, carried by the epical music of the Kiev electronical artist HEINALI and by all the people on the side of the road who offer deep insights in their souls.”
Listen to the soundtrack: https://soundcloud.com/heinali/anthracite
A young woman, Lilja, fights her way from Kiev to Moscow, across borders, checkpoints and hostile lines. Without being impressed by political positions the film carries us off to its universe of wide landscapes and deep insights of people’s souls on the streets. Lilja withstands rain, wind, the rapidly falling temperatures. Ever she goes on her apparently clear way. The opposed propaganda machines are in full swing. People are being turned against each other, they are willing to go to war for their country, to give their lives. Yet streets exist to unite. Through the images we see through Lilja we experience the absurdity of war, which places marks on her body as well as her soul. Fragile and strong at the same time she is ready to go through hell for peace.
IMAGERY / CAMERA
In wide cinematographic images and calm movements the camera follows the protagonist on her way. The images are characterized by unique landscapes and mood lightings which capture our imagination. The camera reveals deep insights of personalities of people on the side of the road. While the protagonist never stops the camera devotes its attention to these unexpected encounters. In very slow slow motion the camera passes groups of people who for a short moment turn the movie into moving photography, just to detach again in the next moment to find connection to the protagonist. The widescreen format (cinemascope, 2,35:1) underlines the epic sound design of the musicians HEINALI.
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