Under Electric Clouds
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Alexey German Jr’s complex and visually compelling portrait of a Russia ‘crucified between past and present’ combines seven stories in a portrait of an absurd reality.
Director Alexey German Jr.
Producers Artem Vasilyev, Andrey Savelyev, Ruslan Nasibulin
Screenwriter Alexey German Jr.
With Louis Franck, Merab Ninidze, Chulpan Khamatova
Sales Films Boutique
Alexey German Jr’s remarkable film takes place in Russia in 2017, 100 years after the October Revolution. It appears as a country ‘crucified between past and present’. Set against a wintry landscape, the film combines different locations in one imaginary reality. The characters in its seven ‘stories’ include a Kyrghiz construction worker, the heirs to an oligarch who has been framed, a real estate lawyer with a recurrent dream, a museum guide who once stood alongside Yeltsin in 1991 and an architect contemplating his transient success. Past culture (Tolstoy, Malevich, Solzhenitsyn) seems to confront a new reality (Metallica, Elves vs Orcs, Mickey Rourke’s dog). A younger generation knows nothing of history and is open to revisionist views of the past. The film presents a complex and reflective mosaic, stunningly shot and choreographed. Sometimes recalling the work of Antonioni or Angelopoulos, it is enigmatic, absurd, bleak and thought provoking.