Fisherman And The Dancer
Valeriy Solomin, Russia, 2005, 52 min
Natalia and Yuri are the keepers of a weather station near Lake Baikal in Siberia. Against the overwhelmingly vast, austere natural landscape, they live with their two children in a cramped house. Natalia, who loves dancing and daydreaming, worries about her children's future. Yuri, who has always wanted a life of hunting and fishing, realizes there is a price to pay for their isolation. He misses outings to the cinema and the zoo. Sometimes, to dry his wife's tears, the fisherman dances with her in the kitchen. Outside, the incessant winds buffet the island. Summer is so short that winter is never far off. Valery Solomin, a veteran of some thirty documentaries, turns his camera on these reclusive people on the shores of the world's deepest lake.