Next week, on September11, Dzyga Vertov’s legendary silent film The Eleventh Year (1928), which is featured in the KOLO DZYGY series of cinematic performances initiated by Dovzhenko Centre, will be showed in Odesa’s GreenTheatre.
The Eleventh Year was restored using the facilities of Oleksandr Dovzhenko National Centre at the end of 2012. The digital restoration of the film was based on the copy stored in the archives of the State Film Fund of the Russian Federation (Gosfilmofond) on 35 mm negative film.
The new soundtrack for the restored film was written by the most celebrated contemporary Ukrainian film score composer Anton Baibakov.
The Eleventh Year is Dzyga Vertov’s montage film containing footage of Soviet newsreels of the 1920-s and telling about construction of Socialism in the Ukrainian SSR.
It is the first of the three avant-garde films made by Dzyga Vertov in Ukraine. The eleventh year of Socialist rule was the time of industrialization, construction of Dnieper Hydroelectric Station and other industrial giants.
The director deliberately chose not to use a round anniversary in order to avoid unnecessary hype and official celebrations. The camera focuses only on the most important thing – on work, on tireless construction of a new, Socialist reality in Ukraine.
Vertov used to say that The Eleventh Year was written with the camera directly, using no script as an intermediary, and that for him, his camera had become a writer’s pen. As a result, the director claimed that he had discovered a pure cinematic language (and deeply Socialistic at that), where the camera directly captures the raw matter of life.
The first screening of the film to a live music accompaniment took place at the closing of the Docudays UA International Human Rights Documentary Film Festival as part of the KOLO DZYGY project.
KOLO DZYGY is a series of musical cinematic performances initiated by Oleksandr Dovzhenko National Centre to mark the 90th anniversary of VUFKU (All-Ukrainian Photo and Cinema Administration) and aimed at popularization of the Ukrainian avant-garde films of the 1920s.