Cannes 2012: IN THE FOG by Sergei Loznitsa
As usual – we’re here to share some great images and two short clips as a preview of what you’ll have a chance to see from Russian filmmaker’s latest project.
As you already see from these images – we’re dealing with World War II story, since In the Fog is set in 1942, and is based on a novel written by the Bielorussian writer Vasily Bykov.
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….
Loznitsa’s My Joy was well received two years ago, so we have no doubts that In the Fog will find it’s way to the Cannes audience as well.