People sweep and rake leaves in a park as if they have never done anything else. The cyclical music emphasises the repetitive movements of the cleaning crew. The dust particles and scratches on the black-and-white footage add to the atmosphere. It seems as if we're watching an archive film from the Eastern Bloc. As the camera gradually reveals more of the surroundings, statues appear in the frame. We are caught off guard by a feeling of amazement: the difference in scale between man and statue is immerse. By the time we see the statues in their entirety, the people the size of ants. The triumphant posture of the statues is so unseemly that it has an ironic effect. Shot on the Mamaev Hill in Volgograd, Russia.
Wolgograd in winter: from time to time an old lady falls into a slumber in a bus. Situations and observations shot in Wolgograd become pictures of the inner images, softly adopting the perspective of the old lady – the images of the city seem to have their origin outside of the bus windows as well as inside the thoughts of the old lady. Inside and outside merge. The passengers and the pictures of the city are interwoven into an associative portrait of the place and its people. The soundtrack by SWOD enhances this moment of inner and outer movement forming a sound collage that reflects the melancholy in the pictures as well as endorses the musical structure of the montage (editing).