Nine Days of One Year
Chris Fujiwara

Nine Days of One Year is one of the most astonishing works of the so-called Thaw - the period of liberalization in Soviet cultural policy during the ten or so years following the death of Stalin. The hero of this intellectually rigorous film is a nuclear physicist who is exposed to fatal doses of radiation while working on a research project. As the film progresses, director Mikhail Romm’s compositions become more and more extreme and inventive, less moored to ordinary perception of space, creating an eerie and abstract visual universe in which the irradiated scientist’s contemplation of his own “strange death” resonates with discreet anguish.