Director, Producer:
Ivette Löcker
Camera: Joerg Burger
Sound: Aleksandr Dmitriev
Sound Design and
Sound Mixing:
Jochen Jezussek
Color Grading:
Klaus Pamminger
Funding: if – Innovative Film Austria (bm:ukk),
Land Salzburg Kultur,
Robert Bosch Stiftung
Waiting „as if for God,” two Russian sailors, Marina and Sascha, look forward to the ice-free season on Lake Baikal, where they transport coal on their barge. They take loads on board in Kultuk, and unload them in Barguzin, where they live. This is a precarious business, and they depend on the orders they receive, of which there are fewer and fewer. This would however be the perfect job for Sascha, the silent captain, and Marina, who’s occasionally compared to a seal. She loves the lake, she even loves the storms. During their trips the two work together without quarreling. In her portrait of these two individuals Ivette Löcker also successfully evoked post-Soviet Russia: The harbormaster talks about „solidarity,” though he isn’t always able to help; the workers in the coal port need plenty of time each morning before they’re able to „get going”; the tourists take pictures of the garbage rather than the countryside’s rugged beauty. Marina and Sasha, Coal Shippers is the story of two individuals who don’t have an easy life, though they don’t complain: All they know about other lifestyles is what they’ve seen on television, and they’re satisfied with what the lake gives them. The job they do is wholly bound to the place and an economic system which doesn’t have a future. Marina and Sascha are facing new challenges, and the film accompanies them on one last perfect crossing of Lake Baikal. Bert Rebhandl
Translation: Steve Wilder

3rd edition of the Women's Filmfestival
Chennai 2010
Day of the Films from Salzburg Salzburg 2009
VISIONary Film Festival
Austria 2009
Stuttgarter Filmwinter
Film Festival Stuttgart 2009 International Film Festival Bukarest 2008
Doc/Fest Sheffield
Film Festival Sheffield 2008
crossing europe
Film Festival Linz 2008
PREMIERE: Diagonale
Film Festival Graz 2008
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