From 16 to 25 September, Dovzhenko Centre will present a diverse and rich program within the year’s major event in the world of contemporary art – GOGOLFEST: BABYLON.
In particular, on 17 and 23 September, the Centre's experts will talk about how to work with state institutions in the field of cinema and will help to better understand the phenomenon of Ukrainian avant-garde cinema; from 17 to 25 September, there will be screenings of restored cinematic masterpieces from the KOLO DZYHY series, and on September 18, Dovzhenko Center will award young filmmakers with its own diploma within the Golden Bough competition.
The schedule of the programme:
September 17, 12:00, Litera Б Basement
ORGANIZING AN EVENT IN COOPERATION WITH A STATE ENTITY
Ivanna Khitsinska, International Projects Manager at Oleksandr Dovzhenko National Centre
KOLO DZYHY. Retrospective of restored cinematic masterpieces
September 17, 21:30, KHIRURHIIA Hall
Earth (1930), directed by Oleksandr Dovzhenko, music by DakhaBrakha
Earth(1930) is the best-known Ukrainian film recognized as a masterpiece of world cinema. This avant-garde feature, which was banned 9 days after its release and glorified in Ukraine after Dovzhenko’s death, has brought forth probably the largest number of controversial interpretations. Filled with lyrical pantheism combined with utopian exaltation, it demonstrated the ambiguity of Ukraine’s civilization choice of the 1920s climaxing in the dramatic collectivization.
The new score for Earth was written by Ukrainian ethno-chaos band DakhaBrakha, whose music shifts the focus of Earth from ideology to universal humanism.
September 18, 21:30, KHIRURHIIA Hall
Bread (1929), directed by Mykola Shpykovskyi, music by PortMone
Bread is Mykola Shpykovskyi’s avant-garde masterpiece, which was banned for decades and has recently been restored by Dovzhenko Centre. In Bread, you can see the most popular techniques used in the Soviet cinema for creating a hero, learn how the “gentleman’s set” of a Soviet hero is formed, in particular, such of his attributes as involvement in the revolutionary events, high-powered work, connection with machinery and willingness to make sacrifices.
The contemporary score for the film was created by Belarusian instrumental trio Port Mone,made up of Oleksii Vorsoba (accordion), Serhii Kravchenko (drums) and Oleksii Vanchuk (bass guitar). Port Mone plays a mix of academic music, noise and experimental folk, whose leading minor theme is set by the accordion.
September 23, 21:30, KHIRURHIIA Hall
Man With a Movie Camera (1929), directed by Dzyha Vertov, music by Vitalii Tkachuk Quartet
Man With a Movie Camera was made by Dzyha Vertov in 1929. This silent experimental film became a manifesto of the world avant-garde cinema. “This experimental work is aimed at creating a true international absolute cinematic language through its complete departure from the language of theatre and literature”, Vertov describes his intention.
The film is shot as a chronicle of one day from the life of a megapolis recorded with one camera – a cine-eye.
The soundtrack to the film was created by Odessa’s Vitalii Tkachuk Quartet, whose music is a smooth blend of funk, ethnic music, classical and contemporary jazz.
September 24, 21:30, KHIRURHIIA Hall
The Eleventh Year (1928), directed by Dzyha Vertov, music by Anton Baibakov
The Eleventh Year is Vertov’s first experiment in his search for specific authentic cinematic language, where the camera directly captures the raw matter of life. This film was the precursor to the manifesto of the world’s avant-garde cinema, Man With a Movie Camera.
The new score for the film was written by Ukrainian composer Anton Baibakov within the KOLO DZYHY series of musical performances.
September 25, 21:30, KHIRURHIIA Hall
In Spring (1929), directed by Mykhail Kaufman, music by Oleksandr Kokhanovskyi
In Spring (1929) is a masterpiece of Ukrainian avant-garde cinema, a non-fiction film made by Mikhail Kaufman, Dzyha Vertov’s brother and co-author, along the lines of the avantgardist theory of «cine-eye». The film shows Kyiv in 1929, almost unknown today. It is in this film that Kaufman used the method of «hidden camera» for the first time.
The soundtrack to the film was written by contemporary composer Oleksandr Kokhanovskyi, who has also created music to a series of experimental theatrical productions, movies, performances and other artistic events.
Admission is free
Venue: Platforma Art Centre, 1 Bilomorska Street, Lisova Metro Station
Oleksandr Dovzhenko National Centre is a state archive of feature films storing over 4,600 titles. It is the only associate member of the International Federation of Film Archives (FIAF) in Ukraine.
GOGOLFEST isUkraine's first annual multidisciplinary international festival of modern arts. In 2016, for the seventh time, the festival will present to the public the best samples of Ukrainian and world art, acting as a platform for the formation of a creative environment capable of becoming an effective center for the development of Ukrainian culture.