La Lisière / Край


Fiction, Russia, 2010, 110 mn, Colour, O/FS

by Alekseï Outchitel
with Aleksandr Bachirov, Vladas Bagdonas, Serguei Garmach, Viatcheslav Krikounov

The main story takes place in 1945, just after end of the Second World War, in a small settlement in Siberia. Former servicemen and concentration camp prisoners work there as drivers of the fast steam locomotives that haul timber. They organize races among themselves, and now that the fighting is over, these races seem to them to be their only chance to demonstrate to themselves, and to others, their right to be a winner, to be human and to love and be loved. However, where a woman’s love is at stake, neither races, nor steam engines, will decide the outcome.