Directed by Sergei Loznitsa
Young Lieutenant Aleksey Vertkov
Georgy Viktor Nemets
Major from Moscow Vlad Ivanov
Teenage prostitute Olga Shuvalova
Truck driver Boris Kamorzin
Commander Dmitriy Gotsdiner
Train Station Superintendent Dmitri Gotsdiner
Maria Maria Varsami
The Major's Wife Olga Kogut
Directed by Sergei Loznitsa
Produced by Heino Deckert and Oleg Kokhan
Writer Sergei Loznitsa
Cinematographer Oleg Mutu
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.
"Brilliant...welcome to a Russia that's rotten to it's core." - Time Out New York
"As beautiful as a bruise." - The Guardian
"It's suspenseful, mysterious, at times bitterly funny, consistently moving and filled with images of a Russia haunted both by ghosts and the living dead." - Manohla Dargis, The New York Times
"In the best way, My Joy expands the notion of what narrative cinema can do and can be to harrowing effect. The film is an undeniable artistic achievement that may stick in your mind longer than you'd like it to." - Landon Palmer, Film School Rejects
"My Joy is a maddening vision and one of the year's must-see provocations." - Michael Atkinson, Village Voice
"A memorable jolt of a debut" - Benjamin Mercer, The L Magazine
"The most unexpected and arresting picture in the main Cannes competition." - Andrew O'Hehir, Salon.com
Best Feature Film Nominee Chicago International Film Festival
Official Selection Cannes Film Festival
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