In the Fog
|In the Fog|
Theatrical release poster
|Directed by||Sergei Loznitsa|
|Produced by||Heino Deckert|
|Written by||Sergei Loznitsa|
|Based on||In the Fog
by Vasil' Bykaw
|Running time||127 minutes|
In the Fog (Russian: В тумане) is a 2012 drama film directed by Sergei Loznitsa. The film competed for the Palme d'Or at the 2012 Cannes Film Festival. The film won the Golden Apricot at the 2012 Yerevan International Film Festival, Armenia, for Best Feature Film.
The film is an adaptation from Vasil’ Bykaw's short story. The action is set in 1942 on the territory of Belarus occupied by the German army. The Germans face strong resistance from the Partisans and hatred of local people. The Partisans suspect Sushenya, a track-walker, of collaboration with the Nazis because he was first arrested and then suddenly released after they had blown up a German train. Two of them capture Sushenya and lead him to the forest where they are going to shoot him as a traitor. They fall into a trap set by the Germans who severely wound one of the partisans. Sushenya attempts to save his executioner's life by carrying the wounded Partisan on his back to the nearest village. Nevertheless Sushenya is under suspicion. He laments that he was a well-respected and trustworthy village resident, raising a family in peace, however the war changed that forever.
The film was a flop in Russia, being largely ignored by audiences. The critics noted that the film was too long-drawn-out and dreary. Writing for The Guardian, Peter Bradshaw said it was "an intense, slow-burning and haunting drama".
- Vladimir Svirskiy as Sushenya
- Vladislav Abashin as Burov
- Sergei Kolesov as Voitik
- Yulia Peresild as Anelya
- Nadezhda Markina as Burov's mother
- Vlad Ivanov as Grossmeier
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