V’18: OCTOBER 25 – NOVEMBER 8, 2018

PIER OF APOLONOVKA

V' 10

THE PIER OF APOLONOVKA

Andrei Schwartz
D/Ukraine, 2008
Documentaries, 86min, OmeU

THE PIER OF APOLONOVKA

Andrei Schwartz
D/Ukraine, 2008
Documentaries, 86min, OmeU

Screenplay: 
Andrei Schwartz
Sound: 
Andreas Turnwald
Helge Haack
Camera: 
Susanne Schüle
Marcus Winterbauer
Editor: 
Inge Schneider

Production: 
Eikon Media ZDF, Arte, WDR
World Sales: 
Autlook Filmsales
Format: 
HD
Color and Black/White

The people on the pier of Sevastopol Bay are a symbol of the inextricable dilemma in which the city finds itself: too impoverished for splendour and glory, and much too alive for the scrap-heap. People such as handsome 14-year-old Pusch, who finds motorcycles much cooler than girls, or shy 13-year-old Nastja, still mourning her lost first love, spend their summer together on the pier. Even 80-year-old Galina still has a few tears to spare for the bass voice of her erstwhile lover, but not before she completes her morning swim. And then again there’s wiry long-distance swimmer Sergej who, despite his 85 years, would certainly never consider neglecting sex. Finally we meet Vova and Andrej, a tattooed former prisoner and a discharged police officer – now working together illegally as divers next to the ships of the Black See Fleet. A summer on Sevastopol’s pier, a place made fascinating by the encounter between parallel worlds.

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