Online catalogue / Ivette Löcker :

When It Blinds, Open Your Eyes
Wenn es blendet, öffne die Augen
AT / 2014
75 min.

After the fall of the iron curtain, a large percentage of Russia’s young people fell for drugs. Twenty-one years later, Zhanna and Lyosha are still alive; two veterans of the lost “generation Perestroika” living in a state of love-hate who have grown old before their time.
Ivette Löcker shows the (next to last?) phase of their shared ordeal in an intimate documentary, within whose tight creative borders and narrow spaces—Lyosha and his mother, together with Zhanna, inhabit a St. Petersburg concrete tower block apartment—the main focus is not taking stock of the things that comprise a wasted existence, but rather, the human achievement of tenderness in the way they interact with one another.

In light of the situation, this gentleness, which seems to have come from nowhere, is the greatest mystery in When It Blinds, Open Your Eyes: Zhanna’s worrisome physical state, her self-flagellating verbosity, Lyosha’s auto-destructive co-dependency, his nearly unbearable waiting for an escape that never comes.
Löcker’s camera records—and is a catalyzing force that influences events. The lament of the two survivors about a life that can’t be changed—as that would mean demanding to be able to change their own past—becomes a dialogic self-examination: how should someone who lives within a world that has no outside find concepts for a state of affairs that does not surmount the body’s horizon of experience and the addiction?

(Georg Wasner)

Translation: Lisa Rosenblatt

A film by:
- Ivette Löcker

- Documentary

original language:
- russian

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- DCP 2K

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