DE/UA/UK/RU/SE/FR, 2020, digital, VO RU ST ENG OND, 369'
Cinema event of the decade, or folie de grandeur? Ten years in the making, Russian filmmaker Khrzhanovsky's controversial multimedia project unleashed over 10,000 non-professional actors in 1960s period costume in a replica of a USSR secret research facility. From this came a dozen films screened in a 24/7 art installation premiered in Paris in 2019; this two-part feature offers a taste of that experience. A brilliantly immersive recreation of the Soviet lifestyle turns tense as a KGB apparatchik and his thugs play mindgames with the scientists in a deadpan satire tackling science, religion, and nationalism.