Danton's death

Experiment, 2020

The film premiered at the New Holland International Debut Film Festival.

The film "Danton's Death" is about the phenomenon of revolution as such. Taking Georg Büchner's play of the same name as the basis and allowing the actors to reproduce it in their own words, I have created a multiscreen space that combines both playful and documentary elements. Beginning with a chronicle episode of Lenin’s funeral, I immerse the viewer in the story of the relationship between the French revolutionaries, interspersing it with home video footage, video glitches, videos I shot in different parts of the world. Constantly evading unequivocal interpretations of who I mean by Danton and Robespierre in Russian history (Lenin, Trotsky, Stalin, Putin), I construct a polyphonic space of meanings and pose the question of why the revolution devours its children.

Director: Andrei Stadnikov

Set designer: Vanya Bowden

Costumes: Mark Preston

Music: Dmitry Vlasik

Premiere: September 2, 2020

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