Under Electric Clouds

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    Under Electric Clouds

    Pod electricheskimi oblakami

    Directed by

    • Aleksej German Jr.

    Russia, Ukraine, Poland

    2015

    133 min

    • Russian

    Drama

    A bizarre riverbank in fog and snow. Bits of steel and concrete are strewn all around. The skeleton of a skyscraper. Unfinished motorway bridges in a flat landscape. The giant figure of a metal horse. And a statue of Lenin whose outstretched right arm points into nothingness. A cold, ossified no man's land where the washed-up past meets an imagined future. People drift aimlessly through this surreal world. Old certainties no longer count, friends and relatives have disappeared, ideals have been blown away by the wind. Returning home from abroad, Sasha – whose dead father used to own this building site – now has to deal with his legacy: a Kyrgyz worker who is searching his colleagues; an architect with glowing red skin on his forehead; a tour-guide who once stood next to Yeltsin at the barricades in Moscow. Some of them have unexplained nosebleeds. A young student asks: "Who are we? Who am I? Everything is in chaos." In seven episodes Alexey German Jr. condenses the spiritual state of his country into a symbolic film of long sequences, a fluidly choreographed dance of people and the camera.

    Awards

    • Silver Bear Award for Cinematography - Berlin IFF

    Festivals

    Credits

    Cast
    Louis Franck
    Merab Ninidze
    Viktoriya Korotkova
    Chulpan Khamatova
    Viktor Bugakov
    Karim Pakachakov
    Konstantin Zeliger
    Anastasiya Melnikova
    Piotr Gasowski
    Screenplay
    Alexey German Jr.
    Cinematography
    Evgeniy Privin
    Sergey Mikhalchuk
    Editing
    Sergey Ivanov
    Music
    Andrey Surotdinov
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    Press

    A fragmented tour de force, a ravishingly shot, thought-provoking triumph of non-linear filmmaking.

    Lee Marshall, Screen Daily

    An elaborate and intricate framework.

    Neil Young, The Hollywood Reporter

    Similar in style - although certainly not tone - to the fruitless search for love and happiness in Fellini's La Dolce Vita.

    Patrick Gamble, Cine-Vue

    This bloated ode to our ever-deepening crisis is possibly the most visually beautiful film of its genre since 'Children of Men'.

    Roger Ebert, RogerEbert.com

    A seething mass of interlinked ideas and beautifully murky images.

    Mark Wilshin, Dog and Wolf