Surematu [Immortal] (2019)

Director: Ksenia Okhapkina
Writer: Pauls Bankovskis, Ksenia Okhapkina, Kersti Uibo
Part of: Viennale
Seen on: 27.10.2019

Apatity, a town in the Murmansk region of Russia, used to be a gulag. After the system change and the dismantling of the gulag, many of the people who were forced there at first, opted to stay and continue their lives in town. The documentary looks at the life in town as it approaches the Heroes of the Fatherland celebration.

Immortal is a very calm documentary that offers no real dialogue, no explanations as it investigates the town, mostly at night. It allows for many insights, but I’m afraid that it was a little too slow and way too pessimistic for me – I struggled.

The film poster showing a group of boys dressed in red uniforms.
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