DVD Release: My Joy

DVD Release Date: March 13, 2012
Price: DVD $29.95
Studio: Kino Lorber


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Viktor Nemets (r.) tries to get a grip in My Joy.

The drama My Joy is the first fiction film directed by acclaimed Russian documentary filmmaker Sergei Loznitsa.

A parable of post-Communist Russia, the 2010 movie weaves the tale of a truck driver Georgy (Viktor Nemets) who sets out on a provincial Russian highway for a routine delivery, but finds his journey spiraling out of control following a series of chance encounters. A roadside police check, a talkative war veteran, and a too-young prostitute lead him to a village from which there appears to be no way out – where the locals struggle to survive a tough, elemental world, and the past holds a vise-like grip over their everyday lives. Caught in this dead end, Georgy soon approaches a fate that is as strange as it is unexpected.

Based on true stories the director encountered during his decade-long pilgrimage by road through Russia, My Joy was shot by acclaimed cinematographer Oleg Mutu (4 Months, 3 Weeks and 2 Days).

The movie enjoyed well-reviewed screenings at film festivals around the world before a tiny release to theaters in the U.S. in September 2011.

There are no bonus features on the DVD, which presents the film in Russian with English subtitles.

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Founder and editor Laurence Lerman saw Alfred Hitchcock’s North by Northwest when he was 13 years old and that’s all it took. He has been writing about film and video for more than a quarter of a century for magazines, anthologies, websites and most recently, Video Business magazine, where he served as the Reviews Editor for 15 years.