Director: Sergei Loznitsa
Starring: Vladimir Svirski, Vladislav Abashin, Sergei Kolesov
Based on a novel by Vassily Bykov, the slow moving movie unpicks the agonising ethical choices faced by citizens under Nazi occupation in Belarus during the Second Woirld War . Following the hanging of three railwaymen, a fourth man, Sushenya (Vladimir Svirskiy ), is released from custody and two partisans, Burov (Vlad Abashin) and Voitek (Sergei Kolesov) believe he is a collaborator and decide to kill him. Nothing however is as simple as it would first appear and what transpires impacts on the rest of the characters’ lives. Told in flashback this is a grim and lengthy movie which explores perceived realities and truth. No soundtrack and pure arthouse.