Bread Day

Bread Day

Directed by Sergei Dvortsevoy • 1998 • Russia

Once a week, a passing train delivers bread to the isolated population of Township No. 3, a dilapidated hamlet outside of St Petersburg. And every week, the ailing pensioners who now populate this abandoned labour commune push the decoupled carriage with its precious cargo by hand back to their homes to share out the meagre supplies. Acclaimed Kazakh filmmaker Sergei Dvortsevoy (Tulpan, Ayka) captures this painstaking process in unflinching long takes, producing a minimalist portrait of post-Soviet hardship that doubles as a kind of existential parable.

Written and directed by Sergei Dvortsevoy
Cinematography by Alisher Khamidhodjaev

In Russian with English subtitles

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