A hybrid documentary, road movie and essay film, the hypnotic Extinction (Extinção) follows Kolya, a young man loyal to Transnistria, a microstate on the eastern border of Moldavia that broke away from the one-time Soviet Socialist Republic, but which is now unrecognized as a state by the international community. Today, Russia is surrounded by a series of areas that are potential time bombs, and this includes Transnistria. Kolya is a staunch nationalist loyal to Transnistra, but he has faith in Russia’s support and also has a Moldavian passport.
A sensory experience that meditates on notions of borders shot through with melancholic lyricism, Salomé Lamas's latest explores echoes of Soviet past through Kolya's present-day travels through a country where monuments keep its communist history alive, evocatively creating a non-linear story of a landscape where time has collapsed and where splits between history and modernity remain disputed. The haunting result is what its director describes as para-fiction, a situation of political limbo, trapped somewhere between dream and reality.