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Contemplating Dystopia - Nov 19 to Nov 25

The Foundation Pit Andrey Gryazev

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In the opening sequence of the film, which is made from excerpts from amateur videos and TV news reports, Andrey Gryazev zeroes in on a particularly absurd facet of today’s Russia: the proliferation of foundation pits dug by construction companies, creating public hazards in the streets. The film is an echo of the eponymous 1930 novel by Andrei Platonov, a dystopian satire of the Soviet Union under Stalin. Gryazev presents a caustic contemporary update in which the voices of dozens of Russians of all ages appeal to the president using online videos: enraged cris du cœur, petitions and supplications become, through skillful editing, a kaleidoscopic portrait of a country on the edge of the abyss, whose people refuse to be silenced despite a culture of repression. (Apolline Caron-Ottavi)

The Foundation Pit

  • Country : Russia
  • Year : 2020
  • V.O : Russian
  • Subtitles : English
  • Duration : 71 MIN
  • Cinematography : Andrey Gryazev
  • Editing : Andrey Gryazev
  • Production : Andrey Gryazev
Filmography of Andrey Gryazev :

Sanya and Sparrow (2009)
Miners’ Day (2010)
Tomorrow (2012)

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