I WILL FORGET THIS DAY (25', Russia, 2011)

 

Highly acclaimed in the international film festivals circuit, ALINA RUDNITSKAYA’s short I WILL FORGET THIS DAY is both a documentary and a cinematic essay concerning the state of mind of women who are about to have an abortion. A bold and incisive study on how difficult human decisions are made in the light of harsh social realities. The non-interfering “behavior” of the camera paradoxically enhances the deeply humanist approach, the distance and the silence allowing us an even deeper emotional access to the protagonists’ inner turmoil. No judgment is cast, no verdict stated, we are left solely to furtively observe the women’s behavior, their posture and their gaze, which enwrap maybe the desire to already forget the galloping future.

Director: ALINA RUDNITSKAYA

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Screenplay: ALINA RUDNITSKAYA

Cinematography: ALEXANDER FILIPPOV

Editing: ALINA RUDNITSKAYA

Sound: ALEXEY ANTONOV

Producer: ALEXEY TELNOV

Production: SAINT-PETERSBURG DOCUMENTARY FILM STUDIO



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Alina Rudnitskaya (b. 1976, Russia) attended the University of Culture and Arts in St. Petersburg where she graduated in Film Directing. Since 2002 she has been working at the St. Petersburg Documentary Film Studio. Her films, depicting the new Russian society, have been well-received both in Russia and abroad, receiving more than 30 international awards (e.g. main prizes in Oberhausen, Tampere, IndieLisboa, Vila do Conde, Documenta Madrid). Her original perspective – denoting an interest not only in depicting facts of life but also in exploring the internal worlds of her characters – announces her as a noteworthy new voice in the documentary field. Among her more recent works are: CIVIL STATUS (2005), BESAME MUCHO (2006) and VIXEN ACADEMY: HOW TO BE A BITCH (2008).

 

IDFA Paradocs 2011 / World Pulse RTP Award, Amnesty International Award and Special mention - IndieLisboa 2011 / 2nd Special Jury Prize – Documenta Madrid 2011 / Best Documentary - Tampere ISFF 2012 / Krakow IFF 2011 / Honorable Mention - Courtisane Festival for film, video and media art, Ghent 2011 / Best Short Documentary - Message to Man IFF, Saint Petersburg, 2011/ Best Documentary Award - World Independent Film Award, Warsaw 2011 etc.

 

“Some people ask me if there are any staged images in my films because they don't believe what they see. But no, it's all documentary.” (ALINA RUDNITSKAYA)

 

"Director Alina Rudnitskaya creates an oppressive sense of foreboding in observational shots of young women waiting in a Russian clinic. Filmed in grisaille colors, this documentary is not quick to reveal what the women dressed in bathrobes are waiting for, what happens behind the swinging doors, or why the women are so downcast. Rudnitskaya appears to have filmed them from a distance, but this has allowed her to penetrate even more deeply into the minds of these inwardly focused women. The camera films the bleak waiting room whose only decoration is a hat stand. In the background, all we hear is the ominous sound of stretchers being wheeled around. The camera observes the behavior of these women, all of whom have had to make a most difficult decision, chiefly because of a lack of money. The women's faces reflect their desperate situation; it might not be the last time that they will be sitting here in this cold waiting room. Just occasionally, the camera takes a break outside, to a wintry bridge. The cold is lurking there as well.” (IDFA PARADOCS)

 

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