Dmitrii Kalashnikov / 2016 / Belarus / 67min / documentary / Russian / English and Chinese subtitles
Compiled entirely from real Russian dashboard camera videos... director Dmitrii Kalashnikov makes the bizarre beguiling." –– New York Times
"A tapestry of the absurd." –– RogerEbert.com
"Suspenseful and funny, occasionally poignant and often nearly unbelievable" –– The Hollywood Reporter
"Here is a film of considerable action and excitement that is undoubtedly real." –– Globe and Mail
"If you are as addicted to the YouTube genre of Russian dashcam videos as I am, you will not want to miss The Road Movie." –– The Stranger (Seattle)
This fascinating mosaic of asphalt adventures and landscape photography, in which video footage from a variety of dashboard cameras presents the absurd and frightening nature of Russia. Alongside a series of bizarre car accidents on the country's roads, the dashboard cameras also capture other spectacles through the windshield, such as a hysterical wedding guest, a confused man and a horse-drawn sleigh. More than once, angry motorists brandish axes, pistols or sledgehammers at the camera, and at times the camera itself seems to come to life, when it is chucked out of the car or stolen by someone breaking in. The footage of spectacular trips through a forest fire, tall snow drifts or flooded streets is almost poetic –– and what's that up there in the sky –– is it a plane crashing, or could it be a comet? Bemused commentary from unseen drivers and passengers or the sound of the car radio provides unintentionally comical moments. It's also a new adventure in found footage and experimental filmmaking. Would someone please call 911?