KOLO DZIGI. The Eleventh Year | 10th DOCUDAYS UA Closing
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National Oleksandr Dovzhenko Centre and the Docudays UA International Human Rights Documentary Film Festival jointly present the closing film of the festival – The Eleventh Year by Dziga Vertov with live musical accompaniment from Anton Baibakov. The event will take place as part of the KOLO DZIGI series.
The Eleventh Year, a documentary based on the Soviet newsreel, was shot during the 1920th. It tells a story of the construction of socialism and is the first film filmed by Vertov in Ukraine. The eleventh year of the Soviet rule was a period of industrialization, as well as building of DniproHES and other giants of Soviet industry. The director intentionally focused on this non-anniversary year to avoid holiday shows and government officialdom. The camera is focused only on the most important thing, which is work – tireless construction of a new socialist reality in Ukraine. On February 28, 1928 Vertov said, “The Eleventh Year is written directly by the movie camera, without the mediation of a script. The camera replaces the writer’s pen”. That allowed Vertov to claim that he invented the pure cinematic language (deeply socialist at the same time), in which the camera deals directly with the raw material of the facts.
Dziga Vertov was a Soviet pioneer of avant-garde documentary film, newsreel director and cinema theorist. His filming practices and Cine-Eye theory were influential for the future generations of documentary moviemakers. Fired from Sovkino, Vertov moved to Ukraine on request of the Odessa Film Studio. In Ukraine he shot three films: The Eleventh Year (1928), A Man with a Movie Camera, which is often named among the best movies ever, and Enthusiasm (1930), which was the first Ukrainian sound film and the first of Vertov’s film with a soundtrack. The distribution of these 3 films was not very successful, yet, it is impossible to overestimate their influence on the latter development of documentary filmmaking.
The soundtrack for the film was created by the Ukrainian composer Anton Baybakov, who has been working in the field since 1998. The independent contractor, collaborating with famous Ukrainian music bands and singers such as DakhaBrakha and Katya Chilly, also works as a sound editor. In 2006 he was awarded for the soundtrack to the film The Portrait, Written by Depth, directed by Les Matsko, at the World Festival of Underwater images in Antibes (France). In 2011, he received two awards for best soundtracks – first at the International Film Festival in Ibiza, Spain for the score to the film Do Not Say directed by Ihor Kopylov, and the second one at the Open Night Festival in Ukraine for the score to The Swing by Serhii Myronenko.
The format of KOLO DZIGI features a series of musical performances initiated by the Dovzhenko Centre. It includes a premiere of restored Ukrainian silent film with live accompaniment along with a concert of contemporary musicians, every time in a new "non-cinematic" location.