How I Ended this Summer

Washington, D.C. Premiere On a desolate island in the Arctic Circle, two men work at a small meteorological station, taking readings from their radioactive surroundings. Sergei, a gruff professional in his 50s, takes his job very seriously. His new partner, bright-eyed college grad Pavel, retreats to his MP3 player and video games to avoid Sergei’s imposing presence. One day while Sergei is out, inexperienced Pavel receives terrible news for Sergei from headquarters. Intimidated, Pavel can’t bring himself to disclose the information. When the truth is finally revealed, the consequences explode against a chilling backdrop of thick fog, sharp rocks and the merciless Arctic Sea. The film was shot on location at the Valkarkai Polar Station on the northernmost tip of Chukotka, Russia. In Russian with English subtitles. Directed by Alexei Popogrebsky. Winner, Best Film, BFI London Film Festival. Winner, Best Actor and Best Cinematography, 2010 Berlin International Film Festival. Official Selection, 2010 Toronto International Film Festival.

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