Into the Unknown

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Director: Deimantas Narkevičius

Lithuania, Germany, the video film consists of archive video footage, 20 min., 2009
The documentary film “Into the Unknown” was created for the 20th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall. It is edited from existing, politically engaged archival footage originally made to promote the socialist way of living. The images show the everyday life of East Berliners: people relaxing and working, big crowds and close-up portraits, public spaces and private interiors. These scenes create the impression of a well-balanced, normal, and highly organised life and represent an attractive, exemplary way of living. But now that the Soviet system no longer exists these images gain existential depth. In the film director Deimantas Narkevičius examines the ideological imagery and the way it circulates in the culture. To add more tension to the idyllic scenes, sounds collected from the documentaries of that period and not necessarily linked with the visual footage, are used.
Section: Deimantas Narkevičius film retrospective

Screenplay: Deimantas Narkevičius