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Dark Matter

Dark Matter
Viktor Brim
German Competition Short Film 2020
Documentary Film
Germany,
Russia
2020
19 minutes
without dialogue
subtitles: 
None

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Viktor Brim
Viktor Brim
Viktor Brim
David Schittek
Viktor Brim
Danila Lipatov

Quiet, dark shots of nocturnal fog, of a mine, a dump truck or a wreck, of huge earth craters and new surface contours created by excavation. Raw material extraction, economisation and exploitation of nature are the themes of this visual study. It’s accompanied by an unobtrusive, but threatening and assertive sound that underlines the mystic quality of the images. Post-industrial landscapes become post-apocalyptic.

Borjana Gaković
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Rural vs. Urban
Poetry and Crossing Boundaries
Intervening Nature
State of the World
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Joy

Dzhoy
Daria Slyusarenko
International Competition 2020
Documentary Film
Russia
2020
63 minutes
Russian
subtitles: 
English

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Daria Slyusarenko
Marina Razbezhkina
Daria Slyusarenko
Daria Slyusarenko
Daria Slyusarenko
Daria Slyusarenko
Daria Slyusarenko
Daria Slyusarenko
Daria Slyusarenko

The Russian travelling circus “Joy” promises joy to the outside world – and not just in name. Behind the scenes the tone is rather harsh, unless there’s a party going on: life is dominated by jealousies, small and bigger cruelties. In a debut film full of wit and tragedy, Daria Slyusarenko portrays great artistic dreams in a small tent and four people who, each in their own way, cope with life in the circus.

Their permanent tour takes them through small towns where only a few kids are still enthusiastic about snakes, parrots and clown acts. Otherwise the tiers remain mostly empty. The tent is run-down, the animals are tired, “Joy” has seen better days. The nomadic life isn’t easy for the artists either: putting the tent up and down, in pouring rain and stormy weather, the only retreat is the mobile home and money is tight at every turn. The show still goes on, without artistic compromises. When Yana turns up, after many years of working in Europe, and becomes clown Valeriy’s new partner, enthusiasm spreads. While the two rehearse ambitiously, the animal dressage couple struggles to keep up the status quo and the stars of the ring together. A portrait of bittersweet circus life that comes amazingly close to its characters.
Marie Kloos
Nominated for MDR Film Prize, Prize of the Interreligious Jury, FIPRESCI Prize
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Small Worlds, Big People
Family Ties
Love/Without Love
Sense and Being
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Re-Visions 2020
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Nyurka’s Bath Oksana Cherkasova
On the eve of the wedding Mother Nyurka heats up the sauna, and the household spirit makes sure that the whole wedding company get their long-deserved thrashing.
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Nyurka’s Bath

Nyurkina banya
Oksana Cherkasova
Re-Visions 2020
Animated Film
Russia
1995
11 minutes
Russian
subtitles: 
English

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Oksana Cherkasova
Valentina Khizhnyakova
Aleksandr Gerasimov
Anna Ostalskaya
Vsevolod Kireyev
Sergey Reshetnikov
Oksana Cherkasova
Andrey Zolotukhin
Ksenya Ustuzhaninova
Lyudmila Putyatina
Nadezhda Shestakova

A folk tale from the Urals: on the eve of the wedding old Mother Nyurka heats up the sauna. A steam bath is obligatory and it’s a matter of honour for the respective household spirit to give the whole wedding company their long overdue thrashing. After the wild chase, Nyurka calms the goblin, feeds him and wishes the bridal couple a happy future.

Ralph Eue
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Family Ties
Love/Without Love
Re-Visions 2020
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Stakes Boris Kazakov
A wild ironization and deconstruction of the old Soviet pathos of the victory of technical progress – like the accelerated pulse just before a heart attack.
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Stakes

Koly
Boris Kazakov
Re-Visions 2020
Animated Film
Russia
1999
8 minutes
Russian,
English
subtitles: 
None

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Boris Kazakov
Saint Petersburg International Film Festival of Festivals
Boris Kazakov
Boris Kazakov
Boris Kazakov
Boris Kazakov
Boris Kazakov

Overpaintings and scratchings in scenes from the Russian science fiction film “Silver Heads” by Yevgeniy Yufit. Considering that this work is already an outrageous deconstruction of the old Soviet pathos of the inevitable victory of scientific and technical progress, “Stakes” must be regarded as its drug-fuelled exaggeration into the unsurpassable.

Ralph Eue
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Poetry and Crossing Boundaries
Re-Visions 2020
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Switchcraft Konstantin Bronzit
No sign of peaceful coexistence: A lazy cat, a nervous human and a clever mouse who doesn’t show herself but still compels absolute attention.
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Switchcraft

Svichkraft
Konstantin Bronzit
Re-Visions 2020
Animated Film
Russia
1994
9 minutes
without dialogue
subtitles: 
None

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Konstantin Bronzit
Zis Production
Irina Ershova
Konstantin Bronzit
Denis Chernov
Vladimir Golunin
Valentin Vasenkov
Konstantin Bronzit

Oh, if only the cat could get up the enthusiasm to do what’s natural for her species, namely, to catch mice! But this cat is good for nothing, just lies around languidly, too lazy to even lift a paw. The clever mouse invests more energy. It’s true she doesn’t show herself, but she manages to make everything revolve around her, even to make human and cat leave the house …

Ralph Eue
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Witty