The Hill

La Colline

25th TiDF: International Premiere

A hill in Kyrgyzstan inhabited by men, women, some children. Smoke, birds, a waste dump like a Leviathan. Among them, are a traumatized former soldier, a grieving mother, and young people deprived of a future, living and facing their destiny. The violent legacy of the break-up of the Soviet Union is dissected in an astonishing documentary shot entirely on the absolute symbol of globalized consumption, at the very end of the value chain of capitalism, in a country at the periphery of a globalized economy. Like a spin-off of Dante’s Inferno, this documentary proves how cinema can be generous as an act of sharing, a cinema of respect, with its plastic force, the sober power of its shots, and its sleek rhythm. A political cinema that, without using any rhetorical or dominating discourse, shows us the unacceptable while asserting that human life is the most important value of all.

Screening Schedule

No physical screenings scheduled.

Direction: Denis Gheerbrant, Lina Tsrimova
Cinematography: Denis Gheerbrant
Editing: Denis Gheerbrant
Sound: Denis Gheerbrant, Dominique Vieillard
Production: Pivonka
Producers: Beata Saboova, Vincent Metzinger
Co-production: Naoko Films, Dérives
Co-producers: Julie Frères, Gaëlle Balthazart
Format: DCP
Color: Color
Production Country: France, Belgium
Production Year: 2022
Duration: 78'
Contact: Dérives

Denis Gheerbrant


1980 Un printemps de square
1986 Histoire de parole (short)
1991 And Life
1994 Life Is Long and Full of Danger
2000 The Trip to the Sea
2004 Après – Un voyage dans le Rwanda
2014 On a grèvé
2022 The Hill (co-direction)

Lina Tsrimova


2022 The Hill (co-direction)