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International Competition

City Kino

Dimitri Venkov, Krisis, 2016, 32’16’’ © Dimitri Venkov


(RUS 2016, 4K, 32’16’’, RUSSIAN)

Filmic re-enactment of a true, heated Facebook discussion between Russian and Ukrainian artists that developed after the destruction of the Lenin statue in Kiev during the Maidan protests. The debate goes far beyond the actual incident and reveals a society that is historically, politically and aesthetically deeply divided.

Dimitri Venkov is a professor of video art at Moscow Rodchenko School of Photography and Multimedia. His works have been presented at international exhibitions such as documenta in Kassel, or group shows at the Whitechapel or Hayward Gallery in London. Participation in film festivals such as Kurzfilmtage Oberhausen or in Thessaloniki. In 2012 he received the the most important Russian award for emerging artists, the Young Artist Kandinsky Prize for his film Mad Mimes (KdK 2013).

Selected Films: Like the sun (2013), America (2012)


Johan Grimonprez, Shadow World, USA/BEl/DNK 2016, 90’. © Shadow World Productions LLC, 2016


(USA/BEL/DNK 2016, HD, 90’, ENGLISH)


Based on Andrew Feinstein‘s book The Shadow World: Inside the Global Arms Trade, this film reveals the occult machinations of the international arms industry. It shows how the arms trade – due to the complicity of governments, secret services, intelligence agencies, investigation and law enforcement agencies as well as weapons dealers and agents – promotes corruption, determines economic and foreign policy and subverts democracy. With interviews, archive material and literary interjections by the South American writer Eduardo Galeano, the film illustrates how the gun lobby pulls strings behind the curtains, thus starting wars. 

Born in 1962, lives in Brussels and New York. Became internationally known through his film essay Dial H-I-S-T-O-R-Y in 1997, which anticipated at an early date the tragic events of September 11. Since then, numerous exhibitions worldwide, at the Hammer Museum, Los Angeles; Pinakothek der Moderne, Munich; MoMA, New York et al. Participated in documenta X. Has received several Best Director awards at international film festivals.

Selected Works: Double Take (2009), Looking for Alfred (2005)


23.04.2017, 5.00 p.m.