by Anton Sazonov
Russia · 2019 · Color · 12' · o.v. Russian
04 - 10 | 02 | 2021
Artyom, a regular butchery worker, gets confused with his life circumstances. Suddenly he comes up with an unusual way out of his crisis.
Leave of Absence is a portrait of the death of the working class − that can’t but disappear into the night. A man roams through rough urban landscapes searching for a light to hold on to − but there isn’t a way out from the slaughterhouse, the empty apartment, the silent morgue nor the dark concrete streets. Former film critic Anton Sazonov delivers a highly visual drama, shot on wide lenses and 4:3, emphasizing the powerlessness of a man caught in the claws of a desolate reality.
… discovery and support of new ways and forms of storytelling.
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