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Ukraine, wasteland and slow cinema

It is year 2025, Eastern Ukraine. One year has passed since the end of the devastating war. The deserted, almost devoid of vegetation landscape, which lacks potable water, is one huge battlefield, a minefield and a cemetery. Remnants of industry are withdrawing from the region along with people forced to abandon their former lives and set out to seek happiness elsewhere.

Moving Pictures from Locarno: Island of Ghosts

The autothematic thread (the act of filming) smoothly passes into the documentary, creators collaborating with the local community, and the story of the beginnings of homo sapiens mixes with the experience of modern tourism – both local (the girl following the trail of her parents’ love) and postcolonial (the couple tourists from the United States who can only get along in their own language).

NH19: Lunar Dream

30-year-old director is balancing on the edge of reality very well. He can hypnotize the viewer, strengthen the projection-identification (3D works very strongly here), the viewer’s bond with the hero and the impression of intermingling worlds.

Dead Don’t Die, Viewers Fall Asleep

Fans of Jim Jarmusch’s works perfectly remember the famous scene of prison break in Down by Law (1986). This scene – in which the act of escape was thrown out of the movie diegesis, and the action typical of detective story was left only to the imagination of the viewers – became one of the unwritten manifestos of slow cinema, and Jarmusch was granted the status of one of the godfathers of the trend, which soon will change cinema, returning a believe in the power of narration to the creators.