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Directed by Nicolas Rey

France 2002 175 mins. In French

A travelogue of sorts filmed on Super-8mm stock blown up to 16mm, SOVIETS recounts Rey’s epic journey across Russia that ends deep in Siberia at the port town of Magadan—in Soviet times, a place synonymous with deportation. As Boris Lehman writes, “The final product is a three-stage, three-hour cinematic journey on the trail of condemned prisoners dragged to the furthest ends of Siberia…. Nicolas not only realizes his dream and undertakes this impossible, unimaginable journey. He also captures it cinematically as images and sounds, movement, light, color, black leaders, and intertitles.”

Genres: Documentary