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(aka "V tumane" or "Im Nebel")


directed by Sergei Loznitsa
Germany/Netherlands/Belarus/Russia/Latvia 2012


Young Burov (Vladislav Abashin, THE HOUSE OF SUN) and his older more cynical partner Voitik (Sergei Kolesov) steal into a Belarusian village in the dead of night in order to execute Sushenya (Vladimir Svirskiy, 4 DAYS IN MAY), a railway operator suspected of collaboration with the Nazis as the only one of a group of innocent men not hanged for the sabotage of a railway track. Although he continues to protest his innocent, Sushenya seems strangely resigned to his fate. When the trio are ambushed by German police, Sushenya tends to a wounded Burov rather than escaping and helps Voitik attempt to get the wounded, dying man back to village where he has been hiding out eve since fleeing his own home. As they steal through the woods by night and hide out by day, the viewer is privy to flashbacks of the situations which lead them - for better or worse - to make the difficult choices that have brought them to their current circumstances.

Seemingly epic at first with its period war setting and two-hour-plus running time, IN THE FOG - based on a novel by Belarusian author Vasili Bykov (which had previously been adapted for television in 1992) - is actually an intimate story about difficult choices and their unexpected outcomes. The choice Burov makes may seem frivolous and has consequences for his mother and sister - he resents the Nazis for confiscating the truck he handbuilt and then requesting he fix it when it breaks down - but he might have thought about what more he might be asked to do later if he relents. Sushenya's noble decision not to inform on his friends and hang with them is expertly manipulated by the enemy (here personified by his own boss who has secured the loyalty of his workers by claiming the Nazis would kill him if he didn't continue working and then subsequently donned the uniform himself). Voitik's own story is the least interesting and the most predictable, but it is also suggestive of other events that shaped his more cynical character. The structure is very precise with three twenty-minute present day segments broken up by three twenty-minute flashbacks (with the rest of the running time split between a teaser opening and the end credits) - director Sergei Loznitsa is a seasoned documentary filmmaker with only one other feature (MY JOY) under his belt - that only appears straightforward and undemanding.

Eric Cotenas


Theatrical Release: 15 November 2012 (Germany)

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DVD Review: Strand Releasing - Region 1 - NTSC

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Region 1 - NTSC

Runtime 2:08:04

2.35:1 Original Aspect Ratio

16X9 enhanced
Average Bitrate: 4.91 mb/s
NTSC 720x480 29.97 f/s

NOTE: The Vertical axis represents the bits transferred per second. The Horizontal is the time in minutes.


Audio Russian Dolby Digtial 5.1
Subtitles English (burnt-in)
Features Release Information:
Studio: Strand Releasing

Aspect Ratio:
Widescreen anamorphic - 2.35:1

Edition Details:
• Theatrical Trailer (16:9; 1:45)
• Trailers for 'Paradise: Love', 'Paradise: Faith', 'Paradise: Hope', 'Post Tenebras Lux', and 'Zaytou

DVD Release Date: 17 September 2013

Chapters 12



Strand Releasing's dual-layer DVD features a mid-range bitrate progressive, anamorphic transfer that is generally satisfactory but for a bit of aliasing of fine patterns in long shots (close-ups of the same look fine). Subtitles are once again burnt-in, but the disc retains the film's original 5.1 track (which here is generally more atmospheric than directional).

The only extra is the film's theatrical trailer, although the disc also includes trailers for other upcoming releases.

NOTE: There is a UK Blu-ray of the film available HERE.

  - Eric Cotenas


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