Eileen Hofer
Director Eileen Hofer
Producer Eileen Hofer – 5 to Five
Writer Eileen Hofer
Editor Dounia Sichov
Camera Gregory Bindschedler, Javi Gesto
Sound Carlos Ibañez-Diaz
Screening 28 October 2017 | 20:00 hours | Het Nutshuis
5 November 2017 | 17:30 hours | Filmhuis Den Haag
Year 2017
Length 26 min
Country Switzerland
Subtitles English

The story of Russian Perestroika laid on the table in a smart documentary that recently premiered at Visions du Reel, Nyon.


Six people, four men and two women, gathered around a table, in search of a shared story over the course of a meal. Over perojki and Plombir ice-cream (the equivalent of a Proustian madeleine), without forgetting the glasses of vodka, all reminisce about their childhood in the Soviet Union. They have been ‘united’, received the same education, a Soviet one, but are now natives of six different countries. And they wonder if they still talk the same ‘language’. Like a dining companion specially invited for the occasion, the fluid camera of Eileen Hofer films this Salade russe that is skilfully composed of memories, melancholy, verbal jousts and laughter. The filmmaker captures faces-landscapes that rebuild, through words, a lost mental territory.