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Film of the Week: Outro

Looking in the death's face is the most tormenting of fears human can ever encounter and seems to be a lot harder to bear, if diyng approaches slowly. A young Russian documentarian, Julia Panasenko, records the last days of her friend Svetlana in a film titled Outro, signaling the near end as her fatal illness gradually approaches. Panasenko’s swan song documentary brings the audience to an intimate proximity with her subject, composing an unrefined picture of Svetlana’s psychology in the face of some concluding matters.

 

Outro

Director: Panasenko Julia
Producer: Panasenko Julia
Production company: VEDA Film Studios

Outro , Russia, 2010, 43 min, DV, Health, Portrait, Social Issues

There are two weeks left before a meeting with her mother. There is one month left before death. But the first frightens her much more.

 

Almost a year ago, as soon as the documentary was finished, the jury of the ArtDocFest 2010 in Moscow awarded Outro with the Grand Prix for the Best Documentary Film. In October 2011, Julia Panasenko must have been leaving this year’s Flaheritiana International Documentary Film Festival in Perm, Russia, with the warmth of an ultimate success, holding yet another festival main prize - Grand Prix “Big Golden Nanook” for the best film the festival. IDF’s East Silver Market showcased the documentary among 11 the mid-length documentary nominees competing for the market’s Silver Eye Award. Similarly, the Amsterdam’s IDFA has recently included Outro within the selection of 16 contestants in the prestigious mid-length documentary competition.

 

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