Russia 1998, 55 min, Russian, Hebrew & English subtitles
The film opens with a unique scene: a large wagon is being pushed with great effort along a frozen railroad on a deserted snowy plain. When the wagon finally reaches a village, the door opens; inside are just a few crates of bread. This ritual is repeated weekly, on Tuesday, Bread Day. Only a handful of elders remain in the little village, 80 kilometers from St. Petersburg. The others abandoned it long ago. The difficulties of life there are not confined to pushing wagons. When the loaves are put on sale at the store, nobody is satisfied with their allotted ration. Using minimalist means and a sparse aesthetic fitting the local pace of life, director Sergey Dvortsevoy paints the portrait of an isolated community in post-Soviet Russia—a community where even basic products are obtained with tremendous group and individual effort.
Previous Festivals:Torino International Film Festival, Leipzig International Festival for Documentary and Animated Film, Planete +DOC Film Festival, CPH DOX Copenhagen, Auckland Film Festival, Cracow Film Festival
Bread Day + 10 Minutes OlderTue 22.05 14:00 Cinemateque 4
Production Company: Jane Balfour Films
Cinematography: Alisher Khamidhodjaev