documentary film, 2008, 52 min, color, stereo, DVCPRO


Director Sergei Loznitsa
Cameraman Sergei Mikhalchuk
Sound designer Vladimir Golovnitzkiy
Producer Serge Lalou
Poduction Les Films d'Ici, Musée du quai Branly, Arte France
Distribution Deckert Distribution


Just before winter cloaks everything in the Arctic night, a few hours of daylight linger in late autumn in the village of Sumskoy Posad, one thousand kilometres north of Saint Petersburg, in Karelia, on the shores of the White Sea. Linked to the rest of the country by a vague muddy track and a stretch of railway line, the village lives in a suspended and mysterious dimension. This is the Russia of endless forests and potato fields. A few robust and uncompromising characters work calmly there, driven by no vital needs. This is a still happy and cold Russia.


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The camera lens penetrates a home on the icy steppe, immortalizing the gestures and dialogue of a disparate family of recriminatory and combative wives to drunk and violent husbands to children who play in a land of fables among the terrible words of adults. All around the magnificent, threatening landscape in the distance. After Les Hommes de la forêt 21, Lumière du Nord is the second film in the series L’Usage du Monde.



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