The Eleventh Year with live music at PinchukArtCentre

24 July 2014

On Thursday, July 24th at 7:30 pm at PinchukArtCentre, the Docudays UA International Human Rights Documentary Film Festival and The Oleksandr Dovzhenko National Centre welcome viewers to watch The Eleventh Year by Dziga Vertov accompanied by Anton Baibakov’s live score. The event is a part of the SummerPropaganda project.


The Eleventh Year is one of the first avant-garde films made by Dziga Vertov in Ukraine. The eleventh year of Soviet rule was a period of industrialization, as well as the building of DniproHES and other giants of Soviet industry. The director intentionally focused on this non-anniversary year to avoid holiday shows and official government celebrations. The camera is focused only on the most important thing, which is work – the tireless construction of a new socialist reality in Ukraine. Vertov said that The Eleventh Year was written directly by the movie camera, without the mediation of a script, and that the camera had replaced the writer’s pen. This allowed Vertov to claim that he had invented a pure cinematic language (deeply socialist at the same time), in which the camera deals directly with the raw material of the facts.


The soundtrack is written with Docudays UA’s support by Ukrainian composer Anton Baibakov who’s been working with music scores since 1998. Baibakov is an independent performer cooperating with known Ukrainian music bands (DakhaBrakha, Katya Chilly) and also working as a film sound director. In 2006 he was awarded for the score for The Portrait Painted by the Depth (dir. by Lesya Matsko). In 2011 he got two prizes for best soundtracks at Ibiza International Film Festival, Spain (I’m not Telling by Igor Kopylov) and Open Night Film Festival, Ukraine (Hoydalka by Serhiy Myronenko).


After the screening, the viewers are welcome to participate in a discussion with Docudays UA’s DOCU/ART non-competition art documentary program coordinator Olha Birzul, composer Anton Baibakov, and artist Nikita Kadan.


SUMMERPropaganda is a lineup of public film screenings and discussions that will be held as part of “Fear and Hope” show - a group exhibition of three Ukrainian artists Nikita Kadan, Zhanna Kadyrova and Artem Volokitin, who present their artistic response to the new sociopolitical context of Ukraine formed by recent events in the country and ongoing crisis. Art works presented within the exhibition cover topics of memory, nostalgia and history, heritage and the role of media in the modern world, thus creating a platform for discussions that go beyond visual arts.


Public film screenings will help reveal the theme of the exhibition in a broader historical context, referring the viewer to the recent past Ukraine and going beyond a purely domestic background. Screenings will be followed by discussions featuring artists, critics, historians, theorists, political scientists, composers, etc.


Film screenings and discussions are held by PinchukArtCentre and Docudays UA International Human Rights Documentary Film Festival, supported by the National Oleksandr Dovzhenko Centre, and will continue till late August of 2014. Participation is free.


Seats are limited, please register for the event beforehand via phone, +380 44 590 08 58. Event participants enter the art-center out of turn.

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