Sharmill Films

In the Fog (V Tumane)

Co-winner of the FIPRESCI International Federation of Film Critics Award at the 2012 Cannes Film Festival



Based on the Russian novel by Vasili Bykov, In the Fog is a tale of morals in war-time, set in the German-occupied Western frontiers of the USSR in 1942. Directed by Sergei Loznitsa (My Joy).

Country of Origin: Russia
Language: Russian w/ English subtitles
Duration: 123 minutes
Rating: M
Director: Sergei Loznitsa
Starring: Vladimir Svirski, Vlad Abashin, Sergai Kolesov, Vlad Ivanov
Australian release: 14 March 2013

AUSTRALIAN CINEMAS
VIC: Cinema Nova
NSW: Hoyts Cinema Paris, Narooma Theatre
ACT: To be confirmed
QLD: Schonell Cinema (from April 11)
SA: Palace Nova Eastend Cinemas
WA: Luna Cinemas Leederville
TAS: State Cinema

SYNOPSIS

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 makes a decision not to hang him with the others and sets 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.


REVIEWS

FOUR STARS ‘Impressive…the film explores the thin line between courage and treachery…’ ‘…magnificent camerawork…’  David Stratton, At the Movies

FOUR STARS ‘The forest is the film’s world within a world.’  Sandra Hall, Sydney Morning Herald

FOUR STARS ‘I recommend it most warmly.’  Evan Williams, The Weekend Australian

FOUR STARS ‘Sergei Loznitsa captures one of life’s true paradoxes: those certain situations where to resist fate is to all but seal it.’   Leigh Paatsch, Herald Sun/Daily Telegraph

FOUR STARS ‘It’s a haunting story that … grips the conscience.’  Nick Dent, Sunday Telegraph/Sunday Herald Sun

‘a must see’  Jason di Rosso, ABC Radio National

FOUR STARS Peter Galvin, SBS Film

‘Strong, naturalistic performances power the film and the mix of formal and informal framing gives the film visual texture – decorated with superb use of light.’  Andrew Urban, Urban Cinefile

FOUR STARSIn the Fog is an intense, slow-burning and haunting drama.’   Peter Bradshaw, The Guardian

FOUR STARS In the Fog is a war movie that foregrounds the emotions of individuals over the spectacle of battle’ Geoff Andrew, Time Out

‘Loznitsa knows that war exists and won’t go away; rather than indulging in patriotic or pacifistic platitudes, he tries to show what it might do to our souls. And, in this writer’s opinion, he succeeds.’   Geoff Andrew, Time Out

‘a universal meditation on the human condition, with war as an allegory for life, and fog as a metaphor for mankind’s stumbling progress into the unknown. …it is ultimately worth the journey.’    Stephen Dalton, The Hollywood Reporter

‘a beautifully rigorous piece which will delight cineastes’  Fionnuala Halligan, Screen

‘In The Fog is a carefully-calibrated three-hander from Sergei Loznitsa, its slow, precise rhythms playing out to compelling effect.’  Fionnuala Halligan, Screen

this very Russian tragedy is a jewel which will surely only burnish with time.’   Fionnuala Halligan, Screen

‘Classical in a good way, In the Fog explores the moralities of wartime with restraint and exacting execution’   Leslie Felperin, Variety

‘a delicately complex work of shifting perspectives, and… a contemplation on narrative and the act of storytelling.’   Jonathan Romney, Sight & Sound

‘The film is extraordinarily acted’   Jonathan Romney, Sight & Sound

‘among the handful of truly eloquent and moving films here [at Cannes]’   Jonathan Romney, Sight & Sound

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