THE WOODEN ROOM (Yevgeny Yufit, Vladimir Maslov, 1995)

Dark, twisted, fascinating, Derevyannaya komnata inhabits an unresolved space between technology and Nature. Written and directed by Yevgeny Yufit and Vladimir Maslov, it is a mute post-Soviet black-and-white film—a silent except for its amplified sounds, which reminded me of Bresson. The protagonist, a newsreel documentarian, lives a spartan existence with his wife in a forest. […]