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Lillian, an emigrant stranded in New York City, decides to walk back to her native Russia and resolutely starts out on the long journey. A road movie straight across the USA into the freezing temperatures of Alaska. The chronicle of a slow disappearance.
|Language spoken:||English, Russian, Chukchi|
|Cinematographer(s):||Andreas Horvath, Sonja Aufderklamm|
|Key cast:||Patrycja Płanik|
May 20, 2019Cannes (Quinzaine des Réalisateurs)
|Awards (selection):||Best Film Award from Young Jury (Montélimar), Seymour-Cassel-Award for Best Female Performance Patrycja Płanik (Oldenburg), Special Prize + Best Director (Orenburg), Blue Angel for Best Female Performance Patrycja Płanik (Košice/Art Film Fest), Special Mention (Zurich), Golden Anchor Award for Best International Debut Feature Film (Haifa), Victor Turov Memorial Award for Best Film (Minsk), Cineuropa Prize (Trieste), FIPRESCI Jury Award (Tromsø)|
«A de-accelerated road movie»
When her attempt to establish herself in New York fails, Lillian resolves to head back home to Russia. She sets off west on foot, crossing the American mainland to the Bering Strait, where Russia and the USA almost physically touch and where the dividing line between two days is drawn. Andreas Horvath’s LILLIAN traverses the layers of the continent as it follows the trail of a lonely wanderer in a road movie which appears to transcend forwards and backwards motion.
LILLIAN: «A fascinating walk through a mysterious land.»
The Austrian photographer and director combines his knowledge of the American Midwest and the Yukon in an enigmatic road movie — never was a term more descriptive — that is at once a portrait of female spirit and determination and a reflection on the loneliness at the heart of America today, wrote Deborah Young of THE HOLLYWOOD REPORTER. more reviews
Haifa hands over a Golden Anchor to LILLIAN
Andreas Horvath’s LILLIAN wins the Golden Anchor Award for Best International Debut Film at the 35th HAIFA Film Festival for ... “An original, daring journey film through the declining U.S. landscape. Using minimal dialogue, the film succeeds in bringing a different, compassionate and cruel point of view of the people and places that the heroine passes through on her journey. An oustanding cinematic achievement by any measure.”