Directed by Sergei Loznitsa • 2010 • Russia/Ukraine
The first Ukrainian production ever to compete for the Palme d’Or, My Joy marked the fiction debut in one of the most vital directorial careers in modern film. Sergei Loznitsa’s grimly compelling excavation of the past and future of Russian national psychosis is a brutal but essential watch. When truck driver Georgii gets lost while transporting a load of flour through rural Russia, he finds himself sucked into a labyrinth of increasing violence and irrationality. Loznitsa and his cinematographer, Romanian New Wave stalwart Oleg Mutu (4 Months, 3 Weeks and 2 Days) counterpose the traumas of past wars with the degradations of the present, making this road trip a political parable for our age.
MY JOY • СЧАСТЬЕ МОЁ
Written and directed by Sergei Loznitsa
Cinematography by Oleg Mutu
Starring: Viktor Nemets, Olga Shuvalova, Vladimir Golovin
In Russian with English subtitles
Nominated for the Palme d’Or at the Cannes Film Festival, 2010