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Dau. Degeneration

Dau. Degeneratsiya

Germany, Ukraine, United Kingdom, Russia 2020 Fiction cor 368 min.

Scientific research in the secret Soviet Institute has almost ground to a halt in favor of endless booze-ups, quarrels, and debauchery. This routine cannot be broken by esoteric and spiritual experiments and discussions, nor by the appearance of younger scientists. At a point, a group of Komsomol members arrives at the Institute to take part in an experiment into creating a new person. They are enamored with the forbidden science of eugenics, and profess their belief in its principles. They begin to fight against the lifestyle that has become the norm in the Institute.

DAU. Degeneration is part of Ilya Khrzhanovskiy’s simulation of the totalitarian Soviet system. The project combines film, science, performance, spirituality, social and artistic experimentation, literature and architecture for talk about the totalitarian use of power. The 44th Mostra will also exhibit DAU. Natasha, the first movie of the project.

Presented at Berlin International Film Festival.

history communism politics USSR Germany Ukraine UK Russia international festivals


Ilya Khrzhanovskiy, Ilya Permyakov


Ilya Khrzhanovskiy, Ilya Permyakov


Jürgen Jürges


Ling Lee, Arttu Salmi, Marianne Kuopanportti Fennel


Dmitry Kaledin, Vladimir Azhippo, Olga Shkabarnya, Alexei Blinov, Nikita Nekrasov


Sergey Adonyev

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