Friday 15.4 at 6pm: Trans-Siberia (1999) by Kanerva Cederström

 Dear friend of Arkadia, You are warmly invited to the screening of Trans-Siberia (1999) by Kanerva Cederström on Friday 15.4 at 6pm. Kanerva Cederström has once again very kindly accepted to present one of her films and talk about it. Welcome! Warm regards, Ian www.arkadiabookshop.fiEntrance is free and green tea will be served. A donation of €2 (or more!) is suggested and would be very welcome. “The Finnish director Kanerva Cederström knew Siberia from the stories about her grandfather, who travelled along the Siberian rivers as a meteorologist. Her mother always wanted to go to Siberia, but in her time it was forbidden territory. In this film, Cederström travels from St. Petersburg to Vladivostok by train. While showing images of the ever-changing but always impressive scenery that rushes by, a voice-over reads from the notes of two people who were both prisoners of Siberian camps. For years, the mathematician Amalia Susi described the daily life in the camp with a pencil on various pieces of clothing. Writer Andrei Sinyavski wrote many letters from the camp to his wife. They are philosophical as well as emotional reflections on what a stay in the camp does to people: “We are like people who are sitting endlessly on a train, every day coming closer to their destination, and we are killing time without a guilty conscience”.