Knee-deep in boglands, without contact to the outside world, where every sound contains a potential danger of death and every ally is a possible traitor: the film portrays the exhausting process of escaping to the European Union, illustrating that nobody would decide to undertake such a journey lightly. Though the viewer isn't privy to the couple's background, it becomes clear that Martin and Denisiya are looking for a way out of poverty, unemployment and desperation. Despite the exhaustion and fear, the two stick together, driven by blind hope.
Akin to Plato's sunken island, the truth here is buried deep below the surface; the brief insight provided to the viewer suffices to say that there's more than meets the eye. Emphatic and nuanced performances by Levan Mania and Elizaveta Maximová, the latter also featuring in the SPECIALS programme Belarus in IMITACE/IMITATION, allow the viewer to become attached to the characters, only for them to be mercilessly torn away from us again. DJ
DCP | Farbe / colour
Elizaveta Maximová, Levan Mania, Vladislav Sarišský
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Michal Blaško - born in 1989 in Bratislava, Czechoslovakia. He studies Film and television directing at the Academy of Performing Arts in Bratislava (VŠMU). His short films have successfully participated in multiple international film festivals and competitions. He also worked as 1st Assistant Director and Second Unit Director for Peter Bebjak’s ČIARA (part of the FEATURE FILM COMPETITION of FFC 2017).
BYLO DESET, BUDE JEDENÁCT (2012, short)
ZÍDKA (2014, short)
STRACH (2015, short)
KAMION (2017, short)