EXCLUSIVE: Trailer for Visions du Réel title Kombinat
- The latest documentary by Swiss filmmaker Gabriel Tejedor, which is screening in Visions du Réel’s international competition, looks at life in the Russian industrial city of Magnitogorsk
The latest feature-length documentary by Swiss filmmaker Gabriel Tejedor, Kombinat [+see also:
film profile], will have its world premiere in the International Feature Film Competition of Visions du Réel, which is taking place online from 17 April-2 May. We bring you the exclusive trailer for the film.
The doc is set in Magnitogorsk, an industrial town in the heart of Russia, which lives in the shadow of its gigantic kombinat’s rusty smokestacks. Lena teaches salsa, one of the many activities organised by the kombinat. Sasha, a steel worker, finds in dancing a way to escape from the daily pressures of the steel plant. His brother, Guenia, and his wife have decided to leave the town and its permanent pollution, the cause of their daughter’s intellectual disability.
Tejedor, a journalist and film director focusing on social transition and utopias in Russia and the former Soviet republics, as he did in his previous film Mayskaya Street [+see also:
film profile] (Special Mention at Visions du Réel 2017), says: "I wanted to once again examine the human capacity to endure hardship: adapting to a hostile environment (pollution, noise, competitiveness, extremely limited professional options and so on), to intractable political power, arbitrary rules (cronyism is rife in Russia)... All of this is taking place in a country that is retreating into itself at breakneck speed. I also want to highlight the solutions and the escape strategies that allow people to go on living in the face of adversity."
Watch our exclusive trailer below:
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