The Crimean Atomic Energy Station was one of the most expensive projects in the history of the Soviet Union, but it didn’t operate for even one single day. In the aftermath of the Chernobyl nuclear disaster, the completion of the complex was cancelled. It now stands in ruins, but there are actually people living in this apparently deserted plant, on what is now Russian territory. An extraordinary tale of Russian hopes, dreams and perseverance.
Amsterdam International Documentary Film Festival
Q+A with producer Lucy Dreznin
“If Chernobyl was the bang, Shcholkine is the whimper – a beautiful observation of the forgotten remnants of empire.”
International Documentary Competition
Director Alexandra Westmeier
Producer Alexandra Westmeier, Lucy Dreznin
2018 | Germany | 76 mins | Documentary