Russia, 2000, 25mn 
Black and white, documentary
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 The Halt / By-Station


Directed by : Sergey LOZNITSA (Сергей ЛОЗНИЦА)
Writing credits : Sergey LOZNITSA (Сергей ЛОЗНИЦА)
Cinematography : Pavel KOSTOMAROV (Павел КОСТОМАРОВ)
Sound : Aleksandr ZAKRZHEVSKY (Александр ЗАКРЖЕВСКИЙ)
Companies : Studio Okno, chaîne PTP
format : 35 mm

DVD with subtitles
Editor : Potemkine. 2017. Titre : Sergueï Loznitsa - Documentaires

Plot synopsis
comme anglais

Le bruit des trains déchire la nuit mais rapidement disparaît et les gens de la station se rendorment. Qu'attendent-ils ?

Поезда рассекают ночь. Грохот вагонов быстро исчезает, вместе с гудком паровоза. Люди на станции продолжают спать. Чего они ждут?

[…] To me, Polustanok (The Halt) is a metaphore for what people in Russia are living today. Russia would appear to be in a state of advanced lethargy. Ten years ago, I felt the way most people my age did, filled with hope. In the meantime we were fed illusions, especially about the time that would be needed for all the changes we were expecting. I now believe that we in Russia do not have the patience needed for changes that take a long time.
Everything, now or never...
The current dilema simply leaves people stuck in a waiting room. I have observed this "falling out of time" phenomenon in the people around me everywhere and at all times of the day or night. In Moscow it must exist the dynamics ; all you need to do is look into people’s eyes to see it.
Even if people are constantly talking about change, I still have the terrible impression that with the exception of what we see on the outside, such as how appartments are decorated or how people are dressing, nothing has really changed here ; nothing that is part of our daily lives. How humans relate to one another is something that, unfortunateny, has remained the same…
Sergey Loznitsa

Selected in the following festivals :
- Sao Paulo International Film Festival, Sao Paulo (Brazil ), 2012
- Month of the documentary in France, Different cities (France), 2012
- Festival of Central and Eastern Film , Wiesbaden (Germany), 2012
- Trieste Film Festival, Trieste (Italy), 2011
- Month of the documentary in France, Different cities (France), 2010
- Mois du film documentaire au Centre Pompidou, Paris (France), 2010
- International Art Documentary Film Festival "Artdocfest", Moscow (Russia), 2010
- Russian Film Festival, London (United Kingdom), 2010
- Russian documentaries - musée du quai Branly (Paris), Paris (France), 2008
- Documentary and feature film festival ''Kinoteatr.doc'', Moscow (Russia), 2008
- États généraux du film documentaire, Lussas (France), 2001