Friday, July 23, 2010
How I Ended This Summer | Kak ya provyol etim letom | Как я провёл этим летом (2010)
“I have been fascinated, ever since, by this ability to come to terms with notions of time and space so drastically different from our common scale of hours and minutes, or blocks and metro stops. This film, essentially, is a story of two personal (and incompatible) time-and-space scales.”*
Filmed entirely on location, on the easternmost tip of Russia the Valkarkai Polar Station, Chukotka, in the disorienting round-the-clock sunlight of the artic summer.
*Director Alexei Popogrebski found the inspiration for his psychological polar thriller in the dairies of N. V. Pinegin which were written in 1912 when Pinegin accompanied Russian polar explorer Georgio J. Sedov on his tragic attempt to reach the North Pole. Popogrebski read these diaries as a fourteen-year-old.