Art Competition

The Pier of Apolonovka

Year
2008
Country
Germany
Duration
86’
Director
Andrei Schwartz

Sevastopol is the biggest Ukrainian port harbor of the “mighty” Russian fleet. During one hot summer we get to know the local population from crazy teenagers to frustrated ex-sailors, all trying to find happiness in this amazing microcosm. People such as handsome 14-year-old Push, who finds mopeds much cooler than girl, or shy 13-year-old Nastja, still mourning her lost first love, spend their summer together on the pier. Even 80-year-old Galina still has a few tears to spare for the bass voice of her erstwhile lover, but not before she completes her morning swim at Apolonovka’s run-down beach. And then again there’s wiry, long-distance swimmer Sergej who, despite his 85 years, would certainly never consider neglecting the “third point” of health – sex. Finally we meet Vova and Andrej on the pier: one a tattooed former prisoner the other a discharged police officer – now working together illegally as divers next to the ships of the Black See Fleet. They symbolize Sevastopol’s dilemma: too impoverished for splendour or glory, but way too alive & kicking for the scrap heap.

Production
Ernst Ludwig Ganzert, EIKON West GmbH (Germany)
Sales
Autlook Filmsales, Susanne Guggenberger, + 43 (0) 720 55 35 70, susanne@autlookfilms.com , Trappelgasse 4/17 1040 Vienna, Austria, welcome@autlookfilms.com , www.autlookfilms.com
Director
Andrei Schwartz
Filmography

Wasteland (1997), Jailbirds (2005), The Pier of Apolonovka (2008)

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