27.02.2020 - Jürgen Jürges, Ilya Khrzhanovskiy, Jekaterina Oertel, Ilya Permyakov, moderated by Dana Linssen
Ambitious projects can take on a life of their own. For those involved in DAU, this has meant life and art on a Soviet scale: first conceived in 2006 as a conventional biopic of the twentieth-century Russian physicist Lev Landau (nicknamed Dau), the venture evolved into a three-year shoot in a purposebuilt research institute in which more than 400 participants came to live and work without a preconceived script. The 700 hours of recorded material today forms a constellation of feature films, drama series and live installations at the intersection of cinema, art and anthropology. After their Berlinale premiere (Competition, Special 2020), key members of the project discuss the fluidity of production roles and their motivations behind this controversial historical reconstruction.
Dana Linssen is a Dutch film critic, philosopher and writer. She is the former editor-in-chief of de Filmkrant magazine, a long-standing film critic for NRC Handelsblad, the founder of the Slow Criticism Project and a curator of the Critics’ Choice at the International Film Festival Rotterdam. She has received several awards for her work as a film critic and has served as a Talent Press mentor for many years.