DETOURS
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2021 / 73 min / DCP 2k

16mm + digital, color, Russian language

Russia / Netherlands

Director, writer, producer – Ekaterina Selenkina

Producer – Vladimir Nadein

Co-producer – Rogier Kramer, Dutch Mountain Film

Cinematographer – Alexey Kurbatov



Synposis
A sprawling meditation on the choreography of bodies in Moscow's urban landscape, Detours depicts a new way of dealing illicit drugs via the Darknet, the layering of the physical and the virtual realities, as well as a poetics, and politics, of space.

Sleepy neighbourhoods, abandoned railroads, concrete walls of high-rises, lush greenery of overlooked yards. А sustained engagement with locations that are usually peripheral or intermediary. At first, the city is experienced through the routines of a young treasureman, whose job is to anonymously hide stashes of drugs in locations across Moscow, sending online clients on 'quests' to pick them up. The landscapes are seen as a series of potential drop-off sites. Anonymous figures inhabit the space, moving through it with unknown purpose. The landscape is marked with the constant presence of police force. The various speeds, affects and actors build up to suggest a city-wide network of bodies. Eventually, the treasureman's story dissolves into other inhabitants and routines.

Utilizing reenactment, observational footage and fiction, the film explores the connections between the Darkweb and the anonymity of the city, between oppression and resistance. It draws the complex urban ecosystem, mapping the multiple routes of meanings a city holds.


Festivals and screenings
Venice International Film Critics' Week (World premiere) – Best directing among women under 40 Award | dedicated to the director Valentina Pedicini
Garage Museum of Contemporary Art (Russian premiere)
New Holland Island International Debut Film Festival (Saint Petersburg premiere) – Best Russian Film Award
Viennale (Austrian premiere)
Thessaloniki International Film Festival (Greek premiere)
Berlin Critics' Week (German premiere)
FICUNAM (Mexican premiere)
Barbican (English premiere)
Jeonju International Film Festival (South Korean premiere)
IndieLisboa (Portuguese premiere)
Rencontres Internationales Paris/Berlin (French premiere)
Beldocs (Serbian premiere)
FILMADRID (Spanish premiere) – Best Film Award
Marienbad Film Festival (Czech premiere)