Open City Documentary Festival

7 – 13 September 2022
in London

The Building + Q&A

Director Tatjana Kononenko, Matilda Mester, 2019, Country Germany, Ukraine, Duration 93, Previous Festivals & Awards Jihlava International Documentary Film Festival, Artdocfest, Docudays, Cottbus International Film Festival, Date Event has passed

Completed in 1928, Derzhprom Palace in Kharkiv, Ukraine, was intended as an architectural embodiment of communism, and its constructivist design inspired a generation of avant-garde artists including Sergei Eisenstein and Dziga Vertov. Mixing documentary and experimental film techniques, The Building is a kaleidoscopic portrait of this iconic structure, mapping its near century-long history that runs from the beginnings of the Soviet Union to the present day—where tourists and workers wander its vast halls. Weaving archival materials with contemporary images, filmmakers Mester and Kononenko condense a vast amount of passed (and passing) time into their poetic spatial study of a place where past and present coalesce.

UK Premiere

Screening includes a Q&A with directors Tatjana Kononenko & Matilda Mester, hosted by Yuliia Kovalenko.

Available: Block 2 (Sat 12th Sept midday – Tue 15th midnight BST)

Please note: this film is only available to view in the UK.