Into Oblivion

Direction
Year
2011
Country
  • Czech Republic
Duration
51min
Audio Tracks
Subtitles

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.

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Details

  • Original title
    Mrtvá trať
  • Direction
  • Screenplay
    Šimon Špidla
  • DOP
    Lukáš Hyksa
  • Editing
    Šimon Špidla
  • Music
    Roman Fojtíček
  • Sound
    Martin Ženíšek
  • Duration
    51 min (46-90 min.)
  • Year
    2011
  • Country
    • Czech Republic
  • Colour
    • Colour
  • Production
  • Festivals
    • 15th Jihlava IDFF, Czech Republic, 2011
    • IFF Rotterdam, The Netherlands, 2012
    • goEast 2012, Germany
    • Trento International Film Festival 2012, Italy

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