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The National Oleksandr Dovzhenko Centre, in cooperation with the All-Ukrainian Charitable Foundation of Ihor Iankovsky “Initiative for the Future”, in support of Ukraine's participation in the 66th International Film Festival in Berlin, is organizing in the German capital a musical cinematic performance Kolo Dzigi. The Eleventh Year. The show will close the series of Ukrainian activations at this year's Berlinale and is organized in cooperation with the Embassy of Ukraine in Germany.

The Eleventh Year (1928) is the first of three avant-garde films made by Dziga Vertov and his brother, cameraman Mikhail Kaufman, in Ukraine at the newly opened Kiev film studio VUFKU. Dedicated to the success of the first five-year plan in the Donbass, the film tells the story of accelerated industrial modernization of eastern Ukraine, which resulted in transformation of an agricultural country into an industrial one. The Eleventh Year is Vertov’s first experiment in implementing his program of developing a specific film-language, separate from the language of theater and literature, in which the camera would directly capture the raw matter of life. This program was fully realized by Vertov in his next Ukrainian film, Man With a Movie Camera (1929).

With this film, the organizers want to draw attention to the past and future of the Donbass, the region whose industrial potential that had been created over decades has been destroyed within the two years of the war and covert Russian occupation.

Ihor Iankovsky, the founder of the All-Ukrainian Charitable Foundation “Initiative for the Future”: “It is very important to return to the world’s cultural context the masterpieces of the early 20th century Ukrainian cinema. For many years, prominent figures of the national cinema, like Dziga Vertov, were first banned and later erased from the Ukrainian cultural map, dissolved in the total mass of Soviet artists. Our task is to separate the Ukrainian cultural heritage from that of the Soviet Union in general, to show the world that even during the Soviet era the Ukrainian cinema had its own unique features and developed after its own scenario.”

The Eleventh Year was restored at the National Oleksandr Dovzhenko Center at the end of 2012. The screening of the film will be preceded by the animated trailer created in 1928 supposedly by animator Eugene Makarov and featuring Dziga Vertov himself. This trailer was discovered in the Netherlands only in the early 1990s.

Music for the film was written by Ukrainian composer Anton Baibakov, on commission from the Docudays UA International Human Rights Documentary Film Festival, within the serial project of musical cinematic performances, Kolo Dzigi. The modern soundtrack for the film will be performed live by Anton Baibakov (electronics) and Sofia Turta (keyboards).

On February 20, at 19.00, a Ukrainian reception to celebrate the screening in Berlin will be held in the legendary art-house cinema Kino BABYLON (Rosa-Luxemburg-Straße 30), which was built in the year when The Eleventh Year came out.

The All-Ukrainian Charitable Foundation of Ihor Iankovsky “Initiative for the Future” also sponsored a Ukrainian delegation of young Ukrainian filmmakers who have won national competitions at international film festivals, giving them travel grants to go to the Berlinale. Among the delegates are Maxim Ksjonda, Maxim Serdyuk, Nikon Romanchenko, Kateryna Hornostai and Nariman Aliyev, whose film “Without you” / “Sensiz” will take part in the official competition program of this year's Berlinale (Generation 14+).

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