Location: Bartos Screening Room
Dir. Sergei Loban. 2005, 107 mins. Digital projection. In Russian with English subtitles. With Aleksey Podolskiy, Pyotr Mamonov, Gleb Mikhaylov, Nina Yelisova, Mikhail Balinsky, Oleg Novikov, Larisa Pyatnitskaya. Thoroughly underground and exhilaratingly independent, Sergei Loban’s sci-fi-ish debut has the look and feel of a film ardently made with spare change and from spare parts. Newcomer Aleksey Podolskiy plays Lyosha, a plus-sized momma’s boy mysteriously recruited for a secret government medical experiment that warps his self-image and makes him desperate for further treatment. Predicting internet-addled avatar addictions, nailing simmering millennial fears of surveillance and Kremlin-authored conspiracies, Dust is Dostoevskian paranoia duped from a dupe of an old cassette tape.
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