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The Door

Category:
Short Film, F-Rated
Directed by:
Juanita Wilson
Produced by:
Louise Curran, James Flynn, ESSE Production House, Octagon Films
Year:

2008
Duration:

17 mins
Language:
Russian with English subtitles

Shortly after the nuclear Chernobyl disaster in 1986, a father risks his life and returns to his deserted apartment to retrieve his front door.

A family’s world is thrown into turmoil when they are suddenly forced to vacate their apartment block close to the site of the nuclear power plant explosion. They escape the exclusion zone safely, leaving behind all their belongings. However, tragedy follows when their daughter falls ill from the radiation. The father returns to their home under cover of darkness to retrieve his front door – a seemingly bizarre act that reveals itself to be part of a poignant ritual.

Juanita Wilson’s Oscar-nominated moving  film is based on a memoir by Belarusian journalist Svetlana Alexievich. This adaptation relies little on dialogue but creates mood and authenticity through the film’s locations (Pripyat and Kiev, Ukraine) the use of local actors, and the cinematographer’s sombre, muted palette.

The Door is a spare, masterfully crafted work which deservedly secured an Academy Award nomination for Best Short Film in 2010. 

This film is part of F-Rated: Short Films by Irish Women. To view more from the collection click here.

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