January 2016, arsenal cinema

Berlin Premiere: ZAPLYV – SWIMMERS

ZAPLYV, 2015

Who is happy in Russia? The search for meaning, happiness and footing in a community can take on an odd shape - for example, when a group of adults walks single file into the sea to then hop through the water making strange movements or indulges in nocturnal psychedelic theatrical performances. The swimming and dancing rituals are led by Boris Zolotov, a once famous Soviet physicist who abandoned academic life to spread his cosmic wisdom. Without wanting to interpret or debunk anything, in ZAPLYV (G/RUS/HU 2015) Kristina Paustian juxtaposes documentary observations of daily life in the guru's commune in southern Russia with archive footage of his appearances in crowded auditoriums or on TV. She also introduces a young woman as a protagonist who discusses the notion of happiness in today's Russia with Zolotov. (bik) (18.1.)

arsenal cinema: Magical History Tour: Sounds, Tones & Noises – Sound in Cinema

07:30 pm Cinema 2

Entusiasm – Simfonija Donbassa

Entusiasm – Simfonija Donbassa
Enthusiasm: Symphony of the Donbass
Dziga Vertov USSR 1930
35 mm OV/GeS 68 min
From the collection of the Austrian Film Museum

arsenal cinema: Berlin Premiere: ZAPLYV – SWIMMERS

08:00 pm Cinema 1


Zaplyv Swimmers Kristina Paustian
Germany/Hungary/Russia 2015
DCP OV/EnS 77 min

Followed by a discussion with Kristina Paustian