Fresh off its premiere at the 2010 Berlinale, an English subtitled trailer has arrived for Russian arctic drama How I Ended This Summer
. There looks to be a bit of an edge to this one but I'm not certain just how far it veers into thriller territory.
On a deserted Russian Arctic island, two men work diligently at a small
meteorological station. Their task is to take regular readings from
their partly radioactive surroundings and relay this crucial data on to
headquarters via radio - their only bridge to the outside world. For a
seasoned pro like Sergei, a gruff man in his fifties, this job has
become routine. During the years he has spent in extreme isolation, he
has learned to take this task very seriously.
His new work partner is the fresh-faced Pavel, a bright-eyed college
grad assigned to spend the summer at the station. The two men have
little in common, with Pavel sticking to the company of his MP3 and
video games to avoid the bullish, vaguely threatening presence of
Sergei. The balance tips one day when Sergei leaves his post to go
fishing for trout in a nearby lagoon. He has entrusted Pavel to do the
readings and radio them to the headquarters as required. Inexperienced
Pavel misses the appointed reading time and falsifies the logs to cover
it up. Worse yet, there is terrible news for Sergei from HQ.
Intimidated and uneasy, Pavel keeps quiet, unable to bring himself to
share the distressing news to Sergei. When the terrifying truth finally
emerges, its inevitable consequences play out against a desolate
backdrop of thick fog, sharp rocks, crashing waves, and the merciless
Check the trailer below!
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