In the Fog

123 minutes 2013

Set in Belarus during the Nazi occupation, this bleak 2012 drama follows a small-town railway worker, suspected of collaborating with the Germans, as he tries to escape to another part of the country. Director Sergei Loznitsa (My Joy) often employs dreamy, intricately choreographed long-takes reminiscent of Russian filmmakers Andrei Tarkovsky, Aleksei Guerman, and Aleksandr Sokurov, and like them he maintains a heightened sense of the present moment while deliberately blurring the story's historical context. If you admire any of those directors, you’ll probably appreciate this, though you may also experience a feeling of deja vu. The movie was shot by Oleg Mutu, the brilliant cinematographer of The Death of Mr. Lazarescu and 4 Months, 3 Weeks, and 2 Days; his stunning landscape photography demands to be seen on a big screen. In Russian with subtitles.

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