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MY JOY / 2010

SYNOPSIS

Russia, present day, summer: Truck driver Georgy picks up his latest load and heads off for the motorway, stopping off first at home, where he avoids contact with his wife. His journey is interrupted by two traffic policemen at a checkpoint; and when he evades their seemingly-unnecessary attentions and returns to his cab, he finds an old man sitting in the front seat. The man asks for a lift, and, in return, tells Georgy the sobering story of his return from the German front in 1946. After the old man disappears, Georgy drives into a traffic jam on the main road. A teenage prostitute appears and offers to show him a short-cut – along with her services – and they end up at a village market. There, hurt by Georgy’s attempt to show her some kindness, she abandons him. Leaving the market, Georgy continues his journey alone and ends up lost in a field. By now, night has fallen and his truck has broken down. Three tramps appear out of the darkness, planning a robbery. They invite Georgy for a meal by the fire and offer him a drink. Georgy refuses alcohol and asks for directions back to the motorway, but the meal ends violently and abruptly…

TECHNICAL SPECIFICATIONS

original title
СЧАСТЬЕ МОЕ [SCHASTYE MOE]
english title
MY JOY
genre
feature/drama
country
Germany, Ukraine, Netherlands
year
2010
language
Russian
subtitle
English
color
color
runtime
127 min
sound
5.1
aspect ratio
2.35:1
film format
35 mm

CREW

written & directed
Sergei Loznitsa
director(s) of photography
Oleg Mutu R.S.C.
production designer
Kirill Shuvalov
costume designer
Mare Raidma
sound
Vladimir Golovnitski
editing
Danielius Kokanauskis
co-producer(s)
Marleen Slot, Leontine Petit, Joost de Vries
producer(s)
Heino Deckert, Oleg Kokhan
co-production
Lemming Film
production
ma.ja.de. Fiction, Sota Cinema Group
with the support of
ZDF/ARTE

CAST

Georgy
Viktor Nemets
Major from Moscow
Vlad Ivanov
Gypsy woman
Maria Varsami
Old Man
Vladimir Golovin
Girl Prostitute
Olga Shuvalova
Young Lieutenant
Alexey Vertkov
One-Armed Man
Yuriy Sviridenko

Review: Sergei Loznitsaʼs "My Joy"on Notebook MUBI, 2011-09-30, www.mubi.com

Starting with the one man, his truck, and the road, Loznitsaʼs film finds good reason to branch off from that singular movement in newly opened directions of story, as the region the man travels through seems a repository for Russian history, miscreant deeds and shackled existences.

festivals & awards

  • Cannes Film Festival, France
  • Karlovy Vary International Film Festival, Czech Republic
  • Sarajevo Film Festival, Bosnia and Herzegovina
  • Pusan International Film Festival, South Korea
  • Toronto International Film Festival, Canada
  • Jerusalem International Film Festival, Israel
  • Vologda Independent Cinema from European Screens, RussiaGrand Prix for Best Film VOICES
  • KINOTAVR Film Festival, Sotchi RussiaBest Director
  • KINOTAVR Film Festival, Sotchi Russia Award of the Russian Guild of Film Critics "White Elephant"
  • KINOSHOK Film Festival 2010, Anapa RussiaBest Script
  • Silver Apricot in the category Best Feature Yerevan International Film Festival, ArmeniaFilm GOLDEN APRICOT
  • MOLODIST Kiev International Film Festival, UkraineGrand Prix for Best Film
  • MOLODIST Kiev International Film Festival, UkraineFIPRESCI Award
  • Wroclaw Film Festival, Poland
  • Melbourne Film Festival, Australia
  • New York Film Festival, USA
  • Chicago Film Festival, USA
  • Goa International Film Festival, India
  • Thessaloniki International Film Festival, Greece
  • Zagreb International Film Festival, Republic of Croatia
  • Recife Cinema Festival, Brazil
  • Vancouver International Film Festival, Canada
  • DOCLISBOA International Film Festival, Portugal
  • Filmfest Hamburg, Germany
  • Cottbus Film Festival of the East European Film, Germany
  • BFI London Film Festival, United Kingdom
  • Sao Paulo International Film Festival, Brazil
  • Stockholms International Film Festival, Shweden
  • LISTOPAD Minsk International Film Festival, BelarusGrand Prix for Best Film
  • BLACK NIGHTS Tallinn Film Festival, EstoniaGrand Prix for Best Film
  • Tbilisi International Film Festival, Georgia
  • Russian Guild of Film CriticsBest Debut, Award "White Elephant"
  • Trieste International Film Festival, Italy
  • International Film Festival Rotterdam, Holland
  • Dublin International Film Festival, Republic of Ireland
  • INDIE Lisboa International Film Festival, Portugal