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How I Ended This Summer

Kak ya provyol etim letom
Russia, 2010
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Scr.: Aleksei Popogrebsky
Phot.: Pavel Kostomarov
Editor: Ivan Lebedev
Music: Dmitriy Katkhanov
Cast: Grigory Dobrygin, Sergei Puskepalis, Igor Csernyevics
Distributor: Bavaria Films International
Format: 35 mm
Color
124 mins

A polar station on a remote island in the Arctic Ocean. This used to be an important research station but, Sergei, an experienced meteorologist and Pavel, a high school graduate, are now the only inhabitants. Soon a ship will arrive to pick up the two men. For Sergei this will mean the end of a sojourn that has lasted several years. He is anxious about returning to his wife and child on the mainland. For his part, Pavel hopes that he might yet be able to experience the kind of real adventure he was dreaming of when he volunteered for an internship in this desolate region. And then one day when Sergei is out angling, Pavel picks up a radio message that he daren’t communicate to Sergei. Pavel hopes that the ship’s arrival will relieve him of this particular task. But then Pavel learns that the ship will not be coming to pick them up at all this year.

Director Aleksei Popogrebsky 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. Popogrebsky read these diaries as a fourteen-year-old. “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.”

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