NOMINATED: NEW VISION AWARD CPH: DOX 2018
SELECTED: SHEFFIELD DOC FEST 2018
"Beautifully photographed and dark feature documentary from a heavy industrial fringe of Russia, where youths struggle to live up to masculine and feminine ideals."
"With one of Russia's most industrially brutal and polluted cities as a backdrop, 'Harmony' explores the self-understanding and gender roles of Russian youth through the country's two proudest sports: Ice hockey and rhythmic gymnastics. Frederick Paxton has a photographer's eye for the vulnerability of the young bodies and faces, as they eagerly fight to live up to the sports' immense masculine and feminine ideals, and which are often their only hope to get away from Chelyabinsk – a city the size of Copenhagen located in the Ural Mountains, close to Siberia. The winter cold transforms the heavy industrial landscapes into a dark and poetic universe through Paxton's lens, and places the film itself in the field between cinema vérité and photo art. But 'Harmony' is also a snapshot of a Russia that is both in the shadow of the greatness of its past, and where a young generation is heading towards an unknown future."
(Text from CPH: DOX festival programme)