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Metamorphosen (2013)

Settled somewhere in nowhere in the south Ural region in Russia, the film tells the story of people living in one of the most radioactive contaminated spots on earth. Unknown to a wide ... See full summary »

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Sebastian Mez

Writer:

Sebastian Mez (concept)
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2 wins & 1 nomination. See more awards »

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Settled somewhere in nowhere in the south Ural region in Russia, the film tells the story of people living in one of the most radioactive contaminated spots on earth. Unknown to a wide public, this region was repeatedly irradiated by different accident of the nuclear facility Mayak, which was the first plant for the production of fissile material for nuclear weapons in the Soviet Union and which is still in operation. Rather than an investigative flick, the filmmakers attempt is to find a cinematic translation for a danger that is not perceptible nor visual and to capture the strenght of people and nature who has to cope with it. Written by Anonymous

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Germany

Language:

Russian

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February 2013 (Germany) See more »

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Métamorphoses See more »

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1.85 : 1
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An absolute masterpiece of cinematography and research
6 April 2018 | by jmrecillas-83435See all my reviews

I cannot believe that nobody has yet reviewed this documentary, because it is a master piece of documentary research and a master class in cinematography.

Filmed in an impeccable black and white, as if to underline the aspect of permanent damage caused to the affected population, it is a master class of how to document a tragedy and give voice to those who for decades were silenced. The faces of witnesses appear as painful sores of the earth whose mere presence is enough to show an undeniable truth: in the face of the coldness of numbers, there is the painful truth of those who have lived a hell in the midst of media abandonment and silence.

Not a few of the shots of the documentary are relentlessly recorded, with slow shots that rotate in 180 degrees to show the overwhelming reality of a landscape that at times seems from another planet. The black and white images recall the silence and eternity of a Latin writing in marble, and the director's idea is to transmit exactly that: an imperishable truth.

Undoubtedly, it is a masterpiece.


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