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"At The Edge of Russia," a film observing the daily routines of a small group of Russian soldiers posted in the far north near the Finnish border, was one of the most successful international documentaries on the 2010/11 film festival circuit. It seemed to play at every second doc event. And it won many awards at these festivals, including the "Filmmaker's Award" at Hot Docs 2011 (in which attending filmmakers nominate their favorite film). I had seen "At The Edge of Russia" at it's world premiere at Cph:dox 2010. Later that day I met the film's young director, a sharp, ambitious Polish filmmaker, Michal Marczak. I congratulated Michal on his work, especially on the access and the seamlessness of the stylization in the film. It looked like a movie movie, I may have said (because it's the weird, lazy way I often describe how some docs play like, well, movies). Michal was using »


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