Germany 2016, 99 min, Russian, Hebrew & English subtitles
Pyotr Pavlensky’s slim, fragile body is the weapon he uses to shatter, or at least crack, the silence and fear imposed by the Russian establishment. A total artist—in his works as well as his private life—he has sewn his lips together, nailed his scrotum to the floor of the Red Square, wrapped his naked body in barbed wire, and set fire to the door of Russia’s Federal Security Service (FSB). He performs his protests, inspired by Pussy Riot and aimed against a state that’s terrorizing its citizens, in public spaces, causing confusion and embarrassment for the police and the courts, who, in turn, try to restrain him using tried and true USSR tactics: arrests, trials, and psychiatric confinement. But Pavlensky’s influence in Russian society is more far-reaching than it seems.
Previous Festivals: DokFest Leipzig, ArtDokFest Moscow, FIPA, Docpoint Helsinki, One World, Art FIFA Montréal
Production: Wolfgang Bergmann, Thomas Lorenz
Production Company: Lichtfilm In Co-production With Swr/arte
Editing: Lena Rem
Cinematography: Franz Koch, Maxim Tarasyugin, Nadeshda Naumova, Irene Langemann
Music: Daniel Langemann
Born in Issilkul / USSR, Irene Langemann majored in acting and German language and literature at Moscow's Tcepkin Drama School in 1980. For the next ten years she worked as an actress, director and playwright in Moscow. In 1983 she became a presenter for Russian television. 1990 she emigrated to Germany and worked as commissioning editor for Deutsche Welle TV in Cologne until 1996. Since 1996 she is a freelancing filmmaker.