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ELEKTRO MOSKVA

by Dominik Spritzendorfer, Elena Tikhonova

synopsis

Elektro Moskva is an essayistic documentary about the Soviet electronic age and its legacy. The story begins with the inventor of the world's first electronic instrument, Leon Theremin, unveiling the KGB's huge pile of fascinating devices, some of which were musical. They all came into existence as a by-product of a rampant defense industry. Nowadays, those aged and abandoned 'musical coffins', as solidly made as a Kalashnikov, are being recycled and reinterpreted by the post-Soviet generations of musicians, sound collectors and circuit benders. The story of the Soviet synthesizers as an allegory to the everyday life under the Soviet system: nothing works, but you have to make the best out of it. An electronic fairy tale about the inventive spirit of the free mind inside the iron curtain- and beyond.

international title: Elektro Moskva
original title: Elektro Moskva
country: Austria
sales agent: filmdelights
year: 2013
genre: documentary
directed by: Dominik Spritzendorfer, Elena Tikhonova
film run: 89'
cinematography by: Dominik Spritzendorfer
film editing: Michael Palm
music: Alexey Borisov, Richardas Norvila, Stanislav Kreichi, Vyacheslav Mescherin
producer: Dominik Spritzendorfer
co-producer: Petra Popovic, Diana Stoynova
production: Rotor Film, No Name Film Factory
backing: Innovative Film Austria, Kultur Niederösterreich
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