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The film is a trip to the planet Muscovy, which is an upside down space twin of the city of Moscow. As the title of the work suggests, the journey also takes us back in time. Gliding along the surface of the planet, we look down to the sky and see historic architectural styles fly by - the exuberant Socialist Classicism aka Stalinist Empire, the laconic and brutish Soviet Modernism, and the hodgepodge of contemporary knock-offs and revivals of the styles of the past. An essential companion to this journey through time and space are Hymnic Variations on the Soviet anthem by the composer Alexander Manotskov. The anthem was written in 1943 and has undergone three editions of lyrics yet musically remained unchanged to now serve as the official anthem of the Russian Federation. Manotskov used an early recording of the anthem as source material to create three electronic variations each corresponding to an architectural style. As if, in a twist of Goethe’s phrase, architecture plays its frozen music. Look closely, can you hear it?

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OBERHAUSEN

FIPRESCI PRIZE

OBERHAUSEN

E-FLUX PRIZE

ARQUITETURAS

BEST FICTION FILM

MELBOURNE IFF

BEST EXPERIMENTAL SHORT FILM

BEAT FILM

SPECIAL JURY MENTION

VANCOUVER IFF

OFFICIAL SELECTION

KANSK VIDEO FESTIVAL

GRAND PRIX

MESSAGE TO MAN

SPECIAL JURY MENTION

ASOLO ART FF

BEST ART FILM

KANDINSKY PRIZE

SHORTLIST

The Hymns of Muscovy

2018, Russia, 14 min, DCP/2K/3K video

No dialogue

Conceived, directed, and edited by

Dimitri Venkov

Music

Hymnic Variations

composed by

Alexander Manotskov

based on the Soviet national anthem

 

Director of Photography

Pavel Filkov

 

Mobile Camera Operator

Heorhi Zamirouski

 

Camera technicians

Sergei Pavlov

Boris Antonov

 

Aerial Photography

Kinolet

 

3D Animation and Compositing artist

Mikhail Maximov

 

CGI and Color Grading

Vladimir Mogilevsky

 

Post Production Support

Cosmosfilm

Creative Producer

Kirill Preobrazhenski

 

Realized with the financial support by

WINZAVOD Contemporary Art Center

 

2018©Dimitri Venkov

Exhibitions:

2019

Kandinsky Prize, MMOMA, Moscow - Shortlist

Gravity  Control, MHKA, Antwerp

FILE Electronic Language International Festival, Sao Paolo, Brazil - Highlight

WRO Biennale, Wroclaw, Poland

 

Expanding Bauhaus #01: Creating Worlds, Het Nieuwe Instituut, Rotterdam

2018

Invideo 2018, A.I.A.C.E, Milan

Monumental, Ekaterina Foundation, Moscow

Other Shores, Manezh, St.Petersburg

October Overturn, Winzavod CAC, Moscow

Film Festivals:

Oberhausen short film festival

Oberhausen 
Germany 
May 4, 2018 
World premiere
International Competition. FIPRESCI Prize, E-FLUX Prize

Arquiteturas Film Festival

Lisbon 
Portugal 
June 6, 2018 
International Competition. Best fiction film

Beat Film Festival

Moscow 
Russian Federation 
June 3, 2018 
National Competition. Special mention of the jury

Tabor Film Festival

Tabor 
Croatia 
July 6, 2018 
International Competition

Melbourne International Film Festival

Melbourne 
Australia 
August 12, 2018 
Australian premiere
Experimental Shorts. Anna Schwartz Gallery Award for Best Experimental Short Film

Kansk International Video Festival

Kansk 
Russian Federation 
August 24, 2018 
International Competition. Grand Prix

Open City London Documentary Film Festival

London 
United Kingdom 
September 10, 2018 
British premiere 
Official selection

Message to Man International Film Festival

Saint Petersburg 
Russian Federation 
September 17, 2018 
In Silico Experimental Competition. Special mention of the jury

Vancouver International Film Festival

Vancouver 
Canada 
October 7, 2018 
North American premiere 
Modes Program

Architecture Film Festival Rotterdam

Rotterdam 
Netherlands 
October 12, 2018 
Official selection

 

Festival For Different And Experimental Cinema

Paris 
France 
October 12, 2018 
International Competition

Cyprus Short Film Festival

Nicosia 
Cyprus 
October 16, 2018 
International Competition

DokumentArt

Neubrandenburg 
Germany 
October 18, 2018 
Eastern Europe Focus

Uppsala International Short Film Festival

Uppsala 
Sweden 
October 24, 2018 
International Competition

Cinetoro Experimental Film Festival

Cali 
Colombia 
October 30, 2018 
CinetoroArt

Teheran International Short Film Festival

Teheran 
Islamic Republic of Iran
November 11, 2018 
Iranian premiere 
International competition

 

Tous Courts. Festival International de courts métrages

Aix-en-Provence 
France 
December 5, 2018 
Objets singuliers

Leuven Kortfilm Festival

Leuven 
Belgium 
December 2, 2018 
The Labo

Ajyal Film Festival

Doha 
Qatar 
November 30, 2018 
Made in Russia

2Annas International Short Film Festival

Riga 
Latvia 
November 29, 2018 
International Competition

London Short Film Festival

London 
United Kingdom 
January 12, 2019 
International Competition

 

Revolutions Per Minute Festival

Boston 
United States 
February 2, 2019 
Official Selection

 

Chambal International Film Festival

Mumbai 
India 
January 12, 2019 
Indian Premiere 
International Competition

Bute Street Film Festival

Luton 
United Kingdom 
March 16, 2019

FilmFest Dresden

Dresden 
Germany 
April 10, 2019 
International Competition

 

cellu l'art Short Film Festival Jena

Jena 
Germany 
April 24, 2019 
International Competition

 

29th FILMKUNSTFEST MV

Schwerin 
Germany 
May 2, 2019 
Focus Baltic Sea

 

NCCC Film & Animation Festival
United States 
May 2, 2019 
International Competition

White River Indie Film Festival

White River Junction, Vermont 
United States 
June 1, 2019 
Official selection

Kurzfilm Festival Hamburg

Hamburg 
Germany 
June 5, 2019 
LABOR DER GEGENWART III · THERE IS NO MOVEMENT, NOW! SHIFT

Asolo Art Film Festival

Asolo 
Italy 
June 22, 2019 
Italian Premiere 
Official Selection. Best Art Film

Odense International Film Festival

Odense 
Denmark 
August 27, 2019 
Danish Premiere 
Documentary Competition