TRAIN / POSLEDNIJ POEZD
Russia, the German Eastern Front, Winter. Medical doctor Paul Fischbach
arrives at the front – only to find out that nobody really knows
anymore where the front is supposed to be. Everything is in flux, without
any indication of military order whatsoever. The only people Fischbach
meets are desolate soldiers, trying to save their skin. The characters’
raspy coughing permeates the film and sets the atmosphere. With an old
officer, Fischbach wanders aimlessly through the snowstorm – always
in danger of being shot by partisans. Both sides are shown as they kill
senselessly and die cruelly. We can gather from the conversations the
doctor has with his comrade that he is convinced of the senselessness
of the war and his role in it – but that does not save him from
feeling absolutely lost and finally vanishing in this white hell.
Caligari: 25.04. / 3.30 p.m.