Moscow Summer is a street-level portrait of Moscow and its people. Following the course of a single summer this documentary explores the nuances of the city and the moods of its people — their hopes, their fears, their disappointments. Throughout the film, compelling visual sequences are interwoven with impromptu "on–the–street" interviews. In this way, resonances grow from the combination of the ideas arising in testimony with the sensuous impact of the candid images. So while Moscow's social and political turmoil form an undercurrent in the film, ultimately Moscow Summer is a film about love and humanity, and those are the qualities with which it has been made.
"Never less than totally captivating, never less than ravishing."
Amnon Buchbinder, Toronto International Film Festival.
"**** Moving...gorgeous black–and–white photography."
Ingird Randoja, Now Magazine.
Stew Slater, SEE Magazine.
Fast Forward Magazine (review/interview): "A truly unique documentary that conveys both
ideas and feelings in an artful way."
Selected Festival Screenings:
|Produced, Directed and Photographed by||Robin Schlaht|
|Music by||Jeff Frank|
|Sound Design||Pat Butler|
|Sound Recordist||Alexei Klimov|
|Research Assistant||Ksenia Stepanenko|
|Production Assistants|| Nikholai Orlov
|Thanks to|| Victor Erukhimovich
Raisa K. Fomina
|and|| The Ascension Orthodox School
Moscow Boarding School #2
|Special thanks to|| Svetlana Mikhaeleva
Made with the financial participation of:
The Saskatchewan Filmpool Cooperative
The Saskatchewan Arts Board
The Canada Council
National Film Board of Canada (PAFPS)
Saskatchewan Communications Network
Filmed entirely in Moscow, Russia
June - August 1995