US Trailer for Crazy Russian Dash Cam Documentary 'The Road Movie'

November 15, 2017
Source: YouTube

The Road Movie Trailer

"World-class stupidity…" Oscilloscope Labs has unveiled a new official trailer for the brutal, the crazy, the wild, the epic documentary known as The Road Movie (or also Дорога in Russian), compiled entirely of dash cam footage from Russia. This doc played at IDFA, True/False, Sheffield, Zurich, Denver, and other film festivals and will be hitting theaters in January. One of the descriptions makes this seem a little over the top: "Super objective dashboard-cam videos grow into a strong image of the Russian national character, permanently awaiting for a miracle and the habitual approach to real dramas. Everything can happen on the road of… life." Apparently so. This seems like it should play well to US right audiences now. This trailer is packed with some very bold, vicious quotes that don't really make me any more interested in this. Have fun.

Here's the official US trailer (+ poster) for Dmitrii Kalashnikov's The Road Movie, direct from YouTube:

The Road Movie Poster

A mosaic of asphalt adventures, landscape photography, and some of the craziest shit you’ve ever seen, Dmitrii Kalashnikov's The Road Movie is a stunning compilation of video footage shot exclusively via the deluge of dashboard cameras that populate Russian roads. The epitome of a you-have-to-see-it-to-believe-it documentary, The Road Movie captures a wide range of spectacles through the windshield — including a comet crashing down to Earth, an epic forest fire, and no shortage of angry motorists taking road rage to wholly new and unexpected levels — all accompanied by bemused commentary from unseen and often stoic drivers and passengers. The Road Movie is directed by filmmaker Dmitrii Kalashnikov, making his directorial debut. This first premiered at the IDFA Festival last year, and also played at numerous other doc fests. Oscilloscope will open The Road Movie in select theaters starting January 19th next year. Who's in?

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Reader Feedback - 8 Comments


It will find its audience for sure...Voyeurism has a bright future in this era of crap watchers.

tarek on Nov 15, 2017


What if I told you cinema as a medium is pandering to humans' innate voyeuristic tendencies, of witnessing other people's lives but not participating? Would that make all movie audiences "crap watchers"?

Terry Craig on Nov 16, 2017


Not if it is framed in an artistic way and substantiated with a solid content. And not if we know that all we see is pure fiction. But when you pass your time watching the Kardashian or the Bachelor, it's time to get a life. [Edit] When I say "You" I don't mean You. But I'm sure you've understood what I meant.

tarek on Nov 16, 2017


I get what you're saying, but you didn't really get what I mean. Why would it be less voyeuristic if it's fiction? Since while you're watching a film--especially if it's well made--you believe you're seeing real people, in the sense of, you're not constantly thinking "these are actors, these are actors acting...". That's why Vertigo [EDIT: sorry, meant Rear Window] is so brillant in reflecting the voyeuristic audience with its main character. But I'm aware that this isn't really the right forum for a philosophical discussion on cinema as a whole... I just couldn't help bring up this point with your damning first comment, heh.

Terry Craig on Nov 17, 2017


And I thank you for bringing that, as I believe we shouldn't miss any opportunity to enlighten ourselves by sounding out each other's point of views. While I agree with you to a certain extent, I think we (I?) Watch movies as a cathartic process. Voyeurism primary motivation is social transgression.

tarek on Nov 17, 2017


There are hundreds of hours of this on Youtube...I think I'll just watch those

TheOct8pus on Nov 15, 2017


As said, tons of those on Youtube. Scary evidence of life gone wasted. Or of freeing itself to some strange kind of freedom ...

shiboleth on Nov 15, 2017


Nice. Great use of the "found footage" idea.

DAVIDPD on Nov 15, 2017

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