Dir. by Gabriel Tejedor, Switzerland, 2020, 76´
World premiere: Visions du Reel – International Competition, Encounters IDFF Cape Town, Jean Rouch IFF, Provinziale, Hainan Island IFF, Architecture FF Rotterdam, London Film Week, ArtDoc Fest, Flahertiana, Solothurner Film Tage, Green Image FF Japan, Vicoli Corti FF, Thin Line FF Texas; Broadcasters: RTS (CH); Theatrical: Urban Distribution (F)
Awards: Provinziale – Special Jury Award, Green Image FF Japan – Juror´s Special Prize
Territories: World expect of Switzerland + French speaking countries
Magnitogorsk is an industrial town, in the heart of Russia that depends on its gigantic steel plant: The Kombinat. Lena, a young mother, daughter and grand-daughter of steel workers, teaches dancing lessons, one of the many activities organized by the factory. Amongst her students, there’s Sasha who found in his salsa dance classes, a mean to escape from his daily pressure at the Kombinat. Sasha’s brother and his wife are planning to leave Magnitogorsk and its permanent pollution that is the cause of their daughter’s mental handicap.
Different journeys that explore today’s Russia, in the shadow of the rusty smokestacks.
Category: Russia, Current Affairs, Environmental, Energetics, Family Life
“Kombinat celebrates the resilience of people and the basic goodness they possess. It is also an avowed aubade to the steel industry – its rawness, greatness and allure.”Nicole Sante, Business Doc Europe
“Tejedor once again winds his way into the interstices of Russia, seemingly familiar with many of its secrets.”Muriel Del Don, Cineuroa, 30.04.2020
“Visually arresting, formally thorough and ethically impeccable .”Marko Stojiljković , Ubiquarian, 06.05.2020
“Kombinat is a beautiful observational documentary which captures a community still stuck somewhere between past and present.” Rob Aldam, Back Seat Mafia, 2.03.2021
“Tejedor’s film delivers more, moving beyond our undoubted fascination with all this industrial hardscape and devastation” Ezra Haben Glenn, The Arts Fuse, 2.03.2021
GABRIEL TEJEDOR (1978, CH) works as a director and journalist. Mainly focused on social transitions and utopias in Russia and ex-soviet republics, he investigates the links between the inhabitants and their history as well as their relationship to authority. Gabriel directed La Trace in 2014, about the inhabitants of the Kolyma region, then Mayskaya str.(2017) about the dilemmas of a 18 year old belarusian citizen voting for the first time. The latter received a special mention at Visions du réel festival and was screened in IDFA and many other festivals.
Directed by Gabriel Tejedor
Cinematographer: Camille Cottagnoud
Screenwriting: Gabriel Tejedor
Editors: Christine Hoffet
Music Composers: Julien Painot
Producer: Xavier Derigo
Production Manager: Lea Génique
Production Company: IDIP Films