Dau (Ilya Khrzhanovsky, 2018)

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Dau (Ilya Khrzhanovsky, 2018)

#1 Post by Kirkinson » Sat Oct 29, 2011 10:28 pm

There's a fascinating and somewhat alarming article in GQ about Dau, the film Ilya Khrzhanovsky has been working on since he made 4:
Five years ago, a relatively unknown (and unhinged) director began one of the wildest experiments in film history. Armed with total creative control, he invaded a Ukrainian city, marshaled a cast of thousands and thousands, and constructed a totalitarian society in which the cameras are always rolling and the actors never go home...

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#2 Post by Roger Ryan » Sun Oct 30, 2011 1:28 pm

Thanks for the link - this sounds like Kaufman's SYNECDOCHE, NEW YORK done for real!

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DAU (Ilya Khrzhanovsky, 2014)

#4 Post by skuhn8 » Mon Apr 29, 2013 2:55 am

Anyone heard about this one? Just started dating a Russian gal that has been working on this as subtitler/translator/transcriber since 2010 and sounds like a real wild project.

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Dau is a Russian film directed by Ilya Khrzhanovsky. The film deals with the life of the Nobel Prize winning Soviet scientist Lev Landau. The movie is one of Russia's largest and most controversial cinematic projects.

The preparation for the shooting for the film began in 2006, whereas the actual shooting started in 2008 and went on for three years. The world premiere of the movie was intended to take place at the 2012 Cannes Film Festival but was rescheduled to L’Atelier du Festival at Cannes in May 2014. It is currently in post-production.

The film was shot at various sites in Russia, Ukraine, Germany, United Kingdom and Denmark. Most of the film was shot on a specially constructed set called The Institute in Kharkiv in northeastern Ukraine. The Institute was the largest film set in Europe, the area totalling 12,000 sq. meters. The set was a dynamic creative reconstruction of a Soviet restricted-access Institute in 1938-1968, located in Moscow. The destruction of the set became an integral part of the story and was shot on the 8th November 2011. Teodor Currentzis, a Greek classical conductor plays the title role of Dau while Radmila Shchegoleva, the only professional actor in the cast plays his wife. Cast: Anatoly Vasiliev, Dmitry Chernyakov, Alexei Blinov, Olga Shkabarnya, Peter Sellars, Romeo Castellucci, Carsten Höller, Marina Abramović, David Gross, Shing-Tung Yau, Nikita Nekrasov, Carlo Rovelli, James Fallon, and others. The film also has had as many as 300,000 extras.

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Re: DAU (Ilya Khrzhanovsky, 2014)

#5 Post by Kirkinson » Mon Apr 29, 2013 5:49 am

There was an article about it in GQ in November 2011 that made the whole project sound insanely unbelievable, as though Khrzhanovsky had built his own little totalitarian country from scratch and appointed himself dictator. I half-wondered at the time whether it would ever be completed or whether he would just keep finding more and more completion funds to keep "The Institute" running indefinitely while he just got crazier and crazier.

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Re: DAU (Ilya Khrzhanovsky, 2014)

#6 Post by Mr Sausage » Mon Apr 29, 2013 6:33 am

I thought Khrzhanovsky and Sorokin's last collaboration, 4, was fascinating, but it sounds to me like the making of the film is going to be more interesting than the film itself.

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Re: DAU (Ilya Khrzhanovsky, 2014)

#7 Post by zedz » Mon Apr 29, 2013 4:09 pm

The whole project sounds too crazy to be truly great, but too crazy to be truly bad. There was lots of good stuff in 4, even though I felt it ultimately turned into a bit of a shambles, and on the strength of that I wouldn't have thought Khrzhanovsky would be the right person to deliver on a project of this magnitude. I'm really looking forward to it, but not as much as I'm looking forward to the making-of.

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Re: DAU (Ilya Khrzhanovsky, 2014)

#8 Post by The Fanciful Norwegian » Sun Oct 25, 2015 5:57 pm

A status update. The film is (still) in post-production in London, and even there Khrzhanovsky has turned his base of operations into a bizarre private kingdom, with life-sized dummies in trenchcoats and Russian security guards snapping photos of visitors. Not much here to give succor to those hoping to see this movie in their own lifetimes, though to some extent I think Khrzhanovsky and Co. are using the project's reputation to have a little fun:
From the seven hundred hours of footage shot in Kharkiv, [producer Susanne Marian] said, the editors in London are fashioning a dozen or more movies, a TV series, and a user-directed internet narrative system. I asked her for an example of the kind of scene they had in the can.

‘A man telling his wife how he cheated on her,’ she said. ‘It lasts for five hours.’

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Re: Trailers for Upcoming Films

#9 Post by John Cope » Thu Jul 12, 2018 4:02 am

Finally, Dau is near (as a friend put it, what we'd really like to see is a Burden of Dreams for Dau--now that would really be something).

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#10 Post by Omensetter » Mon Jul 16, 2018 11:30 am

Here's a direct link to the film's website---https://dau.xxx/.

It's been so long that a Burden of Dreams-style documentary (coupled with praise from those whose job it is to watch festival films) would go a long way toward me watching thirteen feature films from a director who still only has one feature. The project has always been a must read, but now that the thing is actually incoming I'm going to need more than insane ambition to watch something from the still-unknown Ilya Khrzhanovsky.

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Re: Trailers for Upcoming Films

#11 Post by domino harvey » Mon Jul 16, 2018 11:34 am

Where is the trailer? I scrolled through that IW story three times and still didn't see it

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#12 Post by dda1996a » Mon Jul 16, 2018 11:37 am

You have to visit the website linked above your post.
Anyway, holy shit. I thought this was never going to come out. I've been checking up on this every year or so, so glad to finally see it is coming out in one way or another

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Re: Dau (Ilya Khrzhanovsky, 2018)

#13 Post by furbicide » Mon Jul 16, 2018 11:52 am

Autumn this year? I’ll believe it when I see it! Thirteen films is crazy, though.

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