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At the Edge of Russia (0+)

Special Jury Mention for creating a vivid and expressive story on the screen with minimal means
Poland, 2010, colour, 72 min.
Director: Michał Marczak
Alexei is a nineteen year old recruit being flown in to perform his military service on the frontier of northern Russia. The base is one of few such remaining outposts on the Arctic Ocean guarding this vast border on the remote fringes of the great Russian state. There are five other seasoned and long serving soldiers stationed here, each with their own personal story or secret that has caused them to retreat from the real world. Their training and breaking in of the new arrival is sometimes humorous, at times harsh. Gradually, they each reveal something of themselves in their daily interactions and private moments as they continue their absurd duty in this snow covered no man's land, hundreds of miles from the nearest human settlement.

AWARDS

Main Prize - Magic Hour Award - Planete Doc Review Warsaw.

Michał Marczak

Michał Marczak

for the past 5 years has been committed to working solely on documentary and fiction projects, both as a director and cinematographer. Prior to this, between 1999 and 2003 he has directed numerous music videos and commercials, which were awarded at many world festivals. He is a graduate of the academy of fine arts in Poznan as well as the Andrzej Wajda Documentary film school, he has also studied multimedia at the California Institute of the Arts in Los Angeles as well as philosophy at the University of Warsaw.

FILMOGRAPHY

“A Woman Sought”, 2009; “At the Edge of Russia”, 2010.
Special Jury Mention for creating a vivid and expressive story on the screen with minimal means
Poland, 2010, colour, 72 min.
Director: Michał Marczak
Alexei is a nineteen year old recruit being flown in to perform his military service on the frontier of northern Russia. The base is one of few such remaining outposts on the Arctic Ocean guarding this vast border on the remote fringes of the great Russian state. There are five other seasoned and long serving soldiers stationed here, each with their own personal story or secret that has caused them to retreat from the real world. Their training and breaking in of the new arrival is sometimes humorous, at times harsh. Gradually, they each reveal something of themselves in their daily interactions and private moments as they continue their absurd duty in this snow covered no man's land, hundreds of miles from the nearest human settlement.

AWARDS

Main Prize - Magic Hour Award - Planete Doc Review Warsaw.