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The Hymns of Muscovy

Gimny Moskovii

ALT | Modes

The act of flipping Moscow on its head allows for an unanchored glimpse of Russia’s past—and imagined future. With an original score based on the Soviet national anthem, composer Alexander Manotskov’s new Hymnic Variations glide us through this pristine, barren, inverted world, as correlated electronic chords help define and redefine Moscow’s 20th and 21st century buildings. Creator Dimitri Venkov’s juxtaposition of dark ethereal sound and rich impossible images capture the aesthetic of a world driven by the evolution of ideology. "As if in a twist of Goethe’s phrase, architecture plays its frozen music. Look closely, can you hear it?" asks Venkov.

Screens in program MODES 1

After the screening on Sunday, Oct. 7, please join us for light refreshments after a short walk to our community partner’s head office, HCMA Architecture + Design (400-675 West Hastings). Starting at 4:00pm, HCMA will lead a discussion around some of the themes and issues brought to light in MODES 1. Director and installation artist, Dimitri Venkov (Hymns of Muscovy) will join us via Skype from Moscow to take a deeper dive into his work.
This is a FREE event and open to all. Please reserve a seat on the Eventbrite listing.


North American premiere
Director Dimitri Venkov
Country of Origin: Russia
Year: 2018
Running Time: 14 mins
Format: DCP
Language:In Russian
Related Links: Trailer
Cinematographer: Pavel Filkov
Music: Alexander Manotskov
Editor: Dimitri Venkov
Print Source: Dimitri Venkov


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