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Animation/Documentary, Germany, Switzerland 2016/17, 90 min., in English
Writer-Director: Katrin Rothe, Cinematography: Thomas Schneider, Robert Laatz, Animation Camera: Björn Ullrich, Markus Wustmann, Editor: Silke Botsch, Thorsten Pengel, Producers: Katrin Rothe, Werner Schweizer, Peter Roloff.
St. Petersburg 1917. The frontline of the global war is coming closer every day; people are hungry, worried, angry. In February the tsar is overthrown. Many artists are euphoric: Revolution! Freedom! Freedom, finally? No. Starting in October, the Bolsheviks rule by themselves. What were poets, thinkers, and avant-gardists like Maxim Gorky and Kazimir Malevich doing during this drastic change of power? In the film, five of them alight from the director’s piles of books as animated cut-out figures. With their own recorded words in their mouths, they participate in salons, committees, and street riots: moments during which the outcome of the history is still unknown.
Kathrin Rothe graduated from the Academy of Arts in Berlin. Her first film “Dark lipstick makes you look more serious” was nominated for the German Film Award and the Prix Europa. For her docu-series “Stellmichein” and for her documentary “Betongold – How the financial crisis entered my Living Room” (2014)she was received the prestigious Grimme Award.
Kathrin Rothe lives in Berlin.
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