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Vavilon (2015)

A Short Film By Riccardo Arena | Music & Sound Design by Matteo Mariano
Video HD 1080p  | Audio Surround 5.1/Stereo  | Duration 26min. | 2015

“After a cycle of works carried out in China and Argentina, VAVILON focuses on the Solovki Islands, an archipelago located in the Russian White Sea, at 160 km from the Northern Pole. Through history, the Islands became a place of worship for the ancient nomadic populations, a realm for ascesis and mysticism, an orthodox sanctuary, and more recently site of the Gulags, Soviet forced labour camps. The Solovki Islands are at the same time witness of the utopias and the dystopias, battlefield of ideologic wars and a place for redemption.

The inputs for the artistic investigation were a travel in 2013 on the Islands and the study of Marco Bulloni’s book about these territories, evolved in the following years into a study of the less renowned aspects of the russian culture. In particular the Russian Cosmism, that represents a common ground of the totalitaristic system and that characterized all the history of Russian cosmonauts history.”

Riccardo Arena

Featuring musical composer: Nicola Ratti,
Foley editor Francesca Mizzoni



Movie Premiére:

10.09 / 11.10.2015
The man who sat on himself / L’uomo che si sedeva su sé stesso
Curated by Kate Strain, Angelica Sule, Zsusanna Stanitz