Monthly Archive for May, 2012

IN THE FOG takes the FIPRESCI prize in Cannes

The International Federation of Film Critics (FIPRESCI) has handed out its prizes at the end of the 65th edition of the Cannes Film Festival. In the competition, the FIPRESCI Prize went to IN THE FOG, a co-production of Germany, Latvia, Netherlands, Russia and Belorussia.

Premiere of RIJA FILMS co-production movie “In the Fog” in Cannes

On May 25th the new film of Sergei Loznitsa IN THE FOG will have it’s premiere in the Cannes Film Festival.

The film is based on a story about partisan fights at the tame of World War II, written by the Belorussian writer Vasil Bykov. It is dealing with treachery and the difficulties to make a moral decision in an amoral situation.

“There are hopeless situations, which do not have a way out, simply because there is a breakdown of understanding; the stream of events defies any reasoning and there is no possibility for a dialogue. We are dealing with such a situation,” Sergei Loznitsa.

IN THE FOG is a an co-production of the companies ma.ja.de Fiction, Rija Films, Lemming Film, GP Cinema Company, Belarusfilm and ZDF/ARTE.

The story:
Western frontiers of the USSR, 1942. The region is under German occupation, and local partisans are fighting a brutal resistance campaign. A train is derailed not far from the village, where Sushenya, a rail worker, lives with his family. Innocent Sushenya is arrested with a group of saboteurs, but the German officer decides not to hang him with the others but to set him free. Rumours of Sushenya’s treason spread quickly, and partisans Burov and Voitik arrive from the forest to get revenge. As the partisans lead their victim through the forest, they are ambushed, and Sushenya finds himself one-to-one with his wounded enemy. Deep in an ancient forest, where there are neither friends nor enemies, and where the line between treason and heroism disappears, Sushenya is forced to make a moral choice under immoral circumstances.

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