It is Night. On a hill, toxic dust and fire-smoke are spreading out. In the red firelight, we can recognise the shadows of working people. Their bodies are sometimes illuminated by the sharp light or roaring bulldozers. We seem to be expelled into the center of a purgatory.
Relics of society
Denis Gheerbrant’s new documentary La Colline, realised in collaboration with historian Lina Tsrimova and presented in the Cannes festival’s ACID section, is placed in Kyrgyzstan, beside China and not far away from the Russian borders, a place, which had already been a refuge for all those punished by Stalin. Today it’s a location of a cultural mix, a final destination for people from quite . . .
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