Set against the spectacular, otherworldly landscape of the windswept Arctic Circle, Alexei Popogrebsky’s multi-award winning thriller is an immersive and compelling morality tale of isolation and survival against the elements.

Kak ya provel etim letom
Director: Alexei Popogrebsky
Cast: Grigory Dobrygin, Sergei Puskepalis
Duration: 124 mins
Country of Origin: Russia

PGCoarse language

★★★★1/2
“Absolutely magnificent. I’ve heard it described as Tarkovsky in the Arctic, which is quite a good description actually. I think it’s wonderful”
David Stratton, ABC AT THE MOVIES

★★★★1/2
“Extraordinary. Austerely & strangely beautiful. No film I have seen conveys so vividly a sense of a psychic wilderness. Both characters are compelling. The elemental settings make the story seem timeless, but never unreal. We are gripped from the start. A metaphor for a nation in transition. This sombre, frightening and eerily beautiful film is among the best films of the year.”
Evan Williams, THE AUSTRALIAN

“A beautiful piece of cinema that draws both on classical Russian traditions of slow building psychological explorations and a very modern approach to image and sound. This is outstanding cinema. A film to savour.”
Julie Rigg, ABC RADIO NATIONAL

Set against the spectacular, otherworldly landscape of the windswept Arctic Circle, writer/director Alexei Popogrebsky’s multi-award winning psychological thriller HOW I ENDED THIS SUMMER is an immersive and compelling morality tale of isolation and survival against the elements.

Russian heartthrob Grigory Dobrygin stars as Pavel, a young graduate posted to a remote meteorological station over the summer months. His gruff, non-communicative co-worker Sergei (Sergei Puskepalis) takes pride in the repetitive work and is rattled by Pavel’s youthful carelessness and complacency, but the two go about their shared day-to-day lives, albeit with a heavy dose of mutual distrust. But when Pavel receives a gravely urgent radio message that out of panic, fear and intimidation he fails to pass on, he inadvertently triggers a series of events that spin inexorably out of control…

Filmed entirely on location in the easternmost tip of Russia, this absorbing tale features exceptional performances and unforgettable cinematography; Popogrebsky skilfully exercises a slow-burning grip over the viewer, expansively capturing the majestic yet terrifying landscape to visceral effect.

One of the most distinctive and heralded films to emerge from Europe in recent years, HOW I ENDED THIS SUMMER was the winner of the 2010 Berlin International Film Festival’s Silver Bear for Best Actor (shared by the two leads), plus the Silver Bear for Best Artistic Achievement. Amongst a slew of other awards, it was named Best Film of the 2010 BFI London Film Festival.

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