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Director
Michale Boganim

Filmography
2002 Dim Memories (short)
2005 Odessa... Odessa (doc)
2011 The Land of Oblivion

Biography
She was born in Israel. She came to Paris to study Anthropology at the Sorbonne and then film. When she returned to Israel, she continued her education in Philosophy at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem and started to work in photography. This led her to attend filmmaking classes at the National Film and Television School of London. She now lives between Tel Aviv and Paris.

International Competition

The Land of Oblivion / Michale Boganim

“Dear stranger, use whatever you want, but please don’t destroy our home. We will be back.” Starting off with Anya’s wedding on April 26, 1986, the day the Chernobyl nuclear disaster took place, Land of Oblivion meets her ten years later, along with other former residents of the town of Pripyat, which was evacuated after the accident. Anya is now a widow and works as a guide for tourists visiting the “Zone” around the power plant’s perimeter. She moves back and forth between two lovers who mirror her conflicting desires: one suggests that she follow him to Paris, the other urges her to return to Pripyat and set up their life there again. A teenager still seeks his father, a physicist who remained back at the power plant, while an elderly man refuses to abandon his hometown and offers apples to the visitors that Anya brings to him. Nature poignantly resonates in the background of Michale Boganim’s anthropocentric drama, which highlights life’s tragic ironies, without neglecting its disarmingly moving, humane moments.


Director:Michale Boganim
Script:Michale Boganim
Cinematography:Yorgos Arvanitis, Antoine Héberlé
Editing:Anne Weil, Thierry Derocles
Sound:Frederic de Ravignan, Francois Waledisch
Music:Leszek Mozdzer
Art Direction:Oleksandr Zaslavskiy
Sets:Bruno Margery
Costumes:Svetlana Poberezhnaya
With:Olga Kurylenko (Anya), Illya Iosivof (Valery), Andrzej Chyra (Alexei), Sergey Strelnikov (Dimitri), Vyacheslav Slanko (Nikolai), Nicolas Wanczycki (Patrick), Nikita Emshanov (Piotr)
World Sales:Le Pacte, France T. +33 1 44 69 59 45 F. +33 1 44 69 59 42 e.perlie@le-pacte.com www.le-pacte.com
Producer:Yael Fogiel, Laetitia Gonzalez
Production:Les Films du Poisson T. +33 1 4202 5480 F. +33 1 4202 5472 contact@filmsdupoisson.com www.filmsdupoisson.com
Production Country:France-Germany-Poland-Ukraine
Co-production:Vandertastic, Apple Film, Arte, Grading Dimension Pictures, Belka Films
Format:HDCam Color
Duration:115'
Production Year:2011
Screening Schedule
OLYMPION:Wednesday, November 09, 2011 - 18:00 | ID:514
FRIDA LIAPPA:Thursday, November 10, 2011 - 18:00 | ID:644
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