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by Matilda Mester, Tatjana Kononenko


Slumbering in the east of Ukraine lies Derzhprom, the House of State Industry. Built between 1925-28 in the Constructivist style, it was meant to embody the idea of communism. The film circles around the building, opening up a kaleidoscope of perspectives that include an aesthetic examination of the architecture, archive material from the 1920’s and the Soviet Revolution in Ukraine, careful portraits of the women who now work in the building, and two German filmmakers wandering about rather aimlessly. An associative and poetic musing over the historical possibility of building a new society, the material remnants of this possibility and the people inhabiting these remnants.

international title: The Building
original title: Budinok - Das Haus
country: Germany
year: 2019
genre: documentary
directed by: Matilda Mester, Tatjana Kononenko
film run: 93'
cinematography by: Matilda Mester
film editing: Matilda Mester, Tatjana Kononenko, Bruno Derksen
music: Felia Gram-Hanssen
producer: Myriam Eichler
production: Deutsche Film & Fernsehakademie Berlin (DFFB) / German Film and Television Academy in Berlin (DFFB)
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