My Joy

Directed by Sergei Loznitsa

Release: 2010
Runtime: 128
Language: Russian with English Subtitles
Director: Sergei Loznitsa
Writer: Sergei Loznitsa
Crew: Oleg Mutu, Kirill Shuvalov, Oleg Kokhan, Heino Deckert

The first fiction film by acclaimed documentarian Sergei Loznitsa, MY JOY is a haunting parable of post-Communist Russia, shot by master cinematographer Oleg Mutu (4 Months, 3 Weeks and 2 Days).

Truck driver Georgy (Viktor Nemets) sets out on a provincial Russian highway for a routine delivery, but after a series of chance encounters his journey spirals out of control. A roadside police check, a talkative war veteran, and a too-young prostitute lead him to a village from which there appears to be no way out where the locals struggle to survive a tough, elemental world, and the past holds a vise-like grip over their everyday lives. Caught in a merciless dead end, Georgy’s unexpected fate is the crux of Loznitsa’s unique and original feature debut.

Based on true stories the director encountered during his decade-long pilgrimage by road through Russia, MY JOY is a terrifying look into the abyss from an arresting new voice in feature filmmaking.

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Technical Info

  • Aspect Ratio: 2.35:1
  • Color: Color
  • Formats: DVD