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by Katrin Rothe


St. Petersburg 1917. The frontline of the global war is coming closer everyday; people are hungry, worried, angry. In February the tsar is overthrown. Many artists are euphoric: Revolution! 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.

international title: 1917 - The Real October
original title: 1917 - Der wahre Oktober
country: Germany, Switzerland
sales agent: New Docs
year: 2017
genre: documentary
directed by: Katrin Rothe
film run: 90'
screenplay: Katrin Rothe
cinematography by: Robert O.J. Laatz, Thomas Schneider, Björn Ullrich, Markus Wustmann
film editing: Silke Botsch
producer: Katrin Rothe
co-producer: Peter Roloff, Werner Schweizer
production: Katrin Rothe Filmproduktion, Dschoint Ventschr Filmproduktion AG, Maxim Film
distributor: Dschoint Ventschr Filmproduktion AG
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