Reviews and Festivals
"The main message of the film is that scientific and technological progress must not conflict with the environment. In form this was a conflict between the plant and the film studio, but in essence this was a battle where departmental interests clashed with an artist's civic responsibility."
— Leningrad City Judge Boris Prokhorov
"Powerful documentary on ecological crime in the USSR where the townspeople of Krishi determinedly protest a nearby polluting synthetic protein plant"
— Brian Gordon, San Francisco International Film Festival
Fribourg International Film Festival, Special Prize
Fribourg International Film Festival
San Francisco International Film Festival
"Some other documentaries feature new types of social heroes...Another film, The Goblin, directed by Boris Kustov, tells the story of Alexander Nikolayev, a former party official who for the past 15 years has lived in a hut he built himself in the forest. As an official on the City Executive Committee, Nikolayev does his job, never questioning any order from above. Then one day he refuses to deprive the farmers of the crops they have harvested, and he is expelled from the party."
— Sergei Muratov, "Unknown Films": Exploring New Areas, Soviet Life
San Francisco Film Festival