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22 March, 18:00, Cinemateca Eforie

Proiecție desfășurată în prezența: regizoarei Jessica Gorter

23 March, 18:30, Cinema Muzeul Țăranului

Proiecție desfășurată în prezența: regizoarei Jessica Gorter


There is no such thing as absolute truth, Jessica Gorter tells us, after taking a long look at today’s Russia. Her film mixes observation with candid interviews and archival footage to investigate the depths of a country riddled with contradictions and afflicted by historical oblivion. While some of Russia’s sons and daughters overturn the forests of their motherland in search of the bones of those killed in the Soviet camps, others are busy denying the very existence of the camps, and march through the cities with icons of Stalin the Savior. Gorter follows a plethora of characters from all over Russia: their different relationship with the collective past of the country reveals the fundamental ambiguity of a world oozing memory. The filmmaker listens carefully to the dissonant voices of a perplexing present that she makes no attempt to simplify.

awards and festivals

2017: IDFA Amsterdam

2017: ArtDocFest Moscow