Russia, 2006, 30mn 
Black and white, documentary
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Directed by : Sergey LOZNITSA (Сергей ЛОЗНИЦА)
Cinematography : Sergey MIKHALCHUK (Сергей МИХАЛЬЧУК)
Sound : Vladimir GOLOVNITSKY (Владимир ГОЛОВНИЦКИЙ)
Produced by : Vyacheslav TELNOV (Вячеслав ТЕЛЬНОВ)
Companies : СПСДФ
format : 35 mm

Awards :
Best documentary Karlovy Vary International Film Festival, Karlovy Vary (Czech Republic), 2007

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

Plot synopsis
A day in the life of a fishing cooperative. The White sea. White ice. White sky. Black outline of a man. Piercing wind. Hard work.

"Master shots, long takes, wide lens, black-and-white - absurd poetry of daily life. It seems to be a film formula that Russian directors have a patent on. You could make all sorts of critical remarks about it, but the genre yields many a gorgeous film. In Artel, we follow a group of small black silhouettes on a wide white landscape with a couple of log cabins. Beneath the snow and ice they are walking on, fish are swimming. In any case, the men spend a lot of time dealing with some fishing nets. If they did not use a chainsaw to make a hole in the ice, the film could just as well have been made 80 years ago. The documentary seems to say that life by the sea has always looked like this and it always will. Or is the final shot, when the ice breaks and the water flows, a reference to the old Soviet masters and an optimistic symbol of imminent change in a frozen social situation?"

Selected in the following festivals or events :
- Sao Paulo International Film Festival, Sao Paulo (Brazil ), 2012
- Festival of Central and Eastern Film , Wiesbaden (Germany), 2012
- Trieste Film Festival, Trieste (Italy), 2011
- Russian documentaries - musée du quai Branly (Paris), Paris (France), 2008
- Karlovy Vary International Film Festival, Karlovy Vary (Czech Republic), 2007
- Window to Europe Film Festival, Vyborg, Vyborg (Russia), 2007
- Moscow International Film Festival (MIFF), Moscow (Russia), 2007
- États généraux du film documentaire, Lussas (France), 2006