The Road Movie


For insurance purposes, the dashboards of many Russian cars are equipped with on-board cameras that constantly record the traffic so that they can produce evidence about the culprits of traffic accidents. An unintended by-product of this practice is a great number of randomly recorded bizarreness that entertains and shocks the online population in the form of viral videos and unwittingly affects the image of modern Russia and its people, their habits and temperament. In this particular case, Dmitrii Kalashnikov acts in the capacity of a quaint curator rather than a director. Sticking to the principle of not editing individual recordings, he creates a conceptual mosaic of videoed weirdos: a runaway bride, a nutcase drug addict on the hood of a car, a stray parachutist, the site of murder of Boris Nemtsov near the Kremlin… and tons of crushed coachworks. An ample dose of black-and-black humour and absurdity mixed with stunning images of destruction you will not be able to take your eyes from. Somebody call an ambulance!

  • Year:
  • Runtime:
  • Country:
    Belarus, Russia, Serbia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Croatia,
  • Director:
    Dmitrii Kalashnikov
  • Music:
    Aukcion, Troitsa, Red Snapper
  • Editor:
    Dmitrii Kalashnikov
  • Production:
    Volia Films, Eight and a Half Studio, Novi Film, Light Cone Pictures
  • Sales:
  • Festivals:
    IDFA 2016, True/False 2017, Sheffield 2017, Dokufest 2017, Sarajevo 2017, Helsinki 2017


10.11.2017 20:30 Kino Lumière (K2)
13.11.2017 15:45 Kino Mladosť

About the Director:

Dmitrii Kalashnikov

Dmitrii Kalashnikov (1986, Arkhangelsk, USSR) studied law at the Pomor State University and filmmaking at the Saint-Petersburg Film and TV University from which he graduated in 2014 with a contribution to “I am who i am”, an exhibition of young Russian contemporary artists held in Kunst im Tunnel at Düsseldorf, Germany. His installation was later bought by the Multimedia Art Museum in Moscow. Kalashnikov is a graduate of IDFA Academy in Amsterdam, the Nether- lands; his feature debut, The Road Movie, also premiered at IDFA.