Lost Reactor

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    Lost Reactor

    Directed by

    Germany

    2018

    77 min

    • Russian

    Documentary

    The Crimean Atomic Energy Station was one of the most expensive projects in the history of the Soviet Union, but it didn’t operate for even one day. In the aftermath of the Chernobyl nuclear disaster, the completion of the complex was canceled. This apocalyptic colossus on the Crimean peninsula now stands in ruins, the wind blowing through it and pigeons nesting everywhere. But there are actually people living in this apparently deserted plant, on what is now Russian territory. There’s Vitaly, a former supervisor at the station who has built a makeshift ship. And then there’s Olga, who settled here with her young son and their many animals. We also meet Sergei, a loner who escapes everyday life to roam like a modern explorer through the ruined spaces. All three talk candidly about their sense of connection with this strange place.

    Festivals

    Credits

    Cinematography
    Ben Bernhard
    Editing
    Philipp Gromov
    Production
    LINGER ON FILMPRODUCTION
    Alexandra Westmeier

    Alexandra Westmeier

    Russia

    Alexandra WESTMEIER (1973, Chelyabinsk), whose maiden name is Alexandra Salomatova, studied theatre and film making at the Drama Academy in St. Petersburg and Moscow. She has lived in Germany since 2001. She initially worked as a reporter for television, then began to concentrate on making documentary films. LOST REACTOR is her most recent film which premieres at IDFA (2018).