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Achrome

original title: Prizrachno-beliy

2022, 96 min., color, Russian-German

anti-war World War II

CATEGORY : Drama
COUNTRIES: Russia, Germany, Israel
PRODUCTION : BUDGET : 1 000 000 euro

CAST

Georgiy Bergal, Andrey Krivenok, Klavdia Korshunova, Nadezhda Lertulo

CREW

Director : Screenplay : Maria Ignatenko, Konstantin Fam
Cinematographer : Anton Gromov
Producers : Konstantin Fam, Egor Odintsov
Poster

COMMENTS

FESTIVALS: International Film Festival Rotterdam 2022 (Tiger Competition)

Director’s Statement: No matter how hard I try, I cannot look at the Catastrophe directly, find an access to it. I can only look at its Images, its Witnesses. But how do I break through to the Catastrophe itself? I am looking at it through other people’s eyes. I am working with conjectures. The Catastrophe inhabits the unstable terrain of the imagination, the same one where dreams live.

When I was reading “Our People” by Rūta Vanagaitė, I was especially astounded by the journals of the murderers sentenced to death. While awaiting execution, they were taking notes, writing down their dreams. They dream about a louse in the hair, they see a naked woman, they see a failed attempt to shoot a person, they dream about a stream, a forest, a sand beach. Those dreams are trivial and monumental simultaneously. They contain experiences that are ultra-subjective, but are also collective.

I used some of those recorded dreams in the film.

One could say, that Achrome is a dream about war.

SYNOPSIS

Achrome is an anti-war parable about a man and his vulnerability in the face of history.
Maris, the film’s protagonist, is the village idiot, brought up by his older brother. Following his brother, Maris leaves their peaceful village and joins the military. It is as if he enters a different world, the world of war. There he meets Leah, a young woman sentenced to death.
Through her eyes, Maris is able to see himself. For Leah, and for all who will see his name in the archives in the future, Maris will remain a murderer, no matter whether he killed or not. All his features will be erased, all save one — his guilt. But surely, there must be a way to separate oneself from the archive? To get yourself back
Achrome is an anti-war parable about one person’s vulnerability in the face of history.
Maris, the film’s protagonist, is the village idiot, brought up by his older brother. Following his brother, Maris leaves their peaceful village and joins the military. It is as if he enters a different world, the world of war. Crimes in that world are committed in silence. Even though Maris encounters their consequences every day, he can never discern the moment of the crime itself. He cannot fully become a Witness. Maris finds himself as if behind the scenes of a war, where everything is quiet and sleepy. As if in a dream, the soldiers kill during the day, and rob the living and the dead at night. They feast and live as if in a dream.
Amid this delusion, in the basement of a prison cell, Maris meets Leah, a young woman sentenced to death.
Through her eyes, he is able to see himself. For Leah, and for all who will find his name in the archives in the future, Maris will remain a murderer, no matter whether he killed or not. All his features will be erased, all save one — his guilt. But surely, there must be a way to separate oneself from the archive? To get yourself back?