900 Days / 900 Dagen

900 Days _web

Is it better to acknowledge the almost unpalatable truth, or to embrace the comfort of a myth? For 900 days, Leningrad was blockaded by the German army. The three million inhabitants were trapped inside the city like rats. In subzero temperatures people had to eat glue, leather soles, cats, and sometimes even their fellow human beings. After 900 days, a million people had died. All this took place in a country where propaganda was more important than truth. For decades afterwards the survivors were forbidden to speak about what had happened to them so that the heroic myth of the “land of survivors” would not be undermined. And now, with Putin in power, the myth is being revived. What starts as a film about personal testimonies of the blockade of Leningrad gradually turns into an epic story about how censorship, propaganda and fear get a grip on the memories of the main characters. A struggle that is still ongoing today.

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Details

Country of Production
The Netherlands

Year of Production
2011

Format
HDCam, Digi Beta Pal

Length
58 / 77 min

Director
Jessica Gorter

Production
Zeppers Film in co-production with IKON

Original Language
Russian

Subtitles
English

Festivals / Awards

IDFA 2011 (The Dioraphte IDFA Award for Best Dutch Documentary)
ArtDocFest Moscow 2011 (Special Jury Prize for Long Documentary)
Visions du Réel Nyon 2012 (Award of the Interreligious Jury and Special Mention in the International Competition of Feature Films)
Planete Doc Review Warsaw 2012 (Honorable Mention in Magic Hour Competition)
Transylvanian IFF Cluj 2012
Pärnu IDF 2012
Longlake FF Lugano 2012
Dokufest Prizren 2012
Lemesos IDF 2012
Message to Man FF St. Petersburg 2012
Pravo Ljudski FF 2012
Istanbul HRFF 2012
Palm Springs IFF 2013
St. Petersburg HRFF 2013
nominated for Prix Italia 2012