A remote village in the North-West of Russia. A mental asylum is located in an old wooden house. The place and its inhabitants seem to be untouched by civilization. In this pristine setting no articulate human voice is heard, and pain is muted.


Rotterdam International Film Festival – in competition, nominated for Tiger Award for Short Film; European Film Awards – nominated for Best Short Film Award.

Sergei Loznitsa

Sergei Loznitsa was born in Belarus in 1964. He worked as a scientist in the Institute of Cybernetics. In 1997 he graduated from the Russian State Institute of Cinematography (VGIK). Loznitsa has directed 13 documentaries. Director’s feature debut My Joy (2010) premiered in the main competition of the Festival de Cannes. His second feature film In the Fog was awarded with the FIPRESCI prize.