Into Oblivion

2011 / Czech Republic / 51min

Stalin grasps a pencil in his hand as he prepares to draw a line on a map of the Soviet Union. Where the graphite touches paper, some 80,000 people - almost all of them gulag inmates - will build a railroad in the gruelling conditions of the polar taiga. It is a railway line of almost no strategic importance, built on permafrost and polar marshes, using limited technology and equipment. For four years, they will slave away, succumbing to exhaustion, illness, cruelty, and solitary confinement before, finally, the death of Stalin himself. In just a few weeks, there will be nothing left of their hectic activity except for empty camp barracks, old locomotives, bits of track, embankments, telegraph wires, all left to slowly return to the taiga.


  • Original title
    Mrtvá trať
  • Direction
  • Screenplay
    Šimon Špidla
  • Dir. of Photo.
    Lukáš Hyksa
  • Editing
    Šimon Špidla
  • Music
    Roman Fojtíček
  • Sound
    Martin Ženíšek
  • Duration
    51 min
  • Year
  • Country
    • Czech Republic
  • Colour
    • Colour
  • Audio Tracks
  • Subtitles
  • Production
    Evolution Films
    Senovážné náměstí 10
    110 00 Praha 1
    Czech Republic
    tel: +420 222 240 770
    cell: +420 777 932 957
    fax: +420 222 240 770
  • Distribution
  • Awards


Doc Alliance Members

Doc Alliance is a creative partnership of 7 key European documentary film festivals. Our aim is to advance the documentary genre, support its diversity and promote quality creative documentary films.