Elektro Moskva

Elektro Moskva
Director: Elena Tikhonova, Dominik Spritzendorfer

Austria, Documentary, 2012, 89 min, russian and english with lithuanian subtitles, V

„On a western device, you push a button and get a result. On a Soviet instrument, you push a button and get something“ says Ričardas Norvila, called Benzo. This essayistic documentary analyze the Soviet electronic age and its legacy. The story begins with the inventor of the world’s first electronic instrument, Leon Theremin, unveiling the KGB’s huge pile of fascinating devices, some of which were musical. They all came into existence as a by-product of a rampant defense industry. Nowadays those aged and abandoned ‘musical coffins’ are being recycled and reinterpreted by the post-Soviet generations of musicians, sound collectors and circuit benders. The story of the Soviet synthesizers turn out to be an allegory to the everyday life under the Soviet system: nothing works, but you have to make the best out of it.

About the directors:

Elena Tikhonova works as film director, screenwriter, editor. Born in soviet town of science Obninsk, town of the “Peaceful atom”. Graduated at Moscow's Film University VGIK, cinematography for feature and documentary films. Since year 2000 living and working in Vienna. Engaged in documentary as well as short and experimental film projects. Performs as VJ Mirniy Atom (“peaceful atom”) with various artists.
Dominik Spritzendorfer (1974), cinematographer and filmmaker. Studied at the Moscow Film Institute VGIK. Lives in Vienna. Worked as cinematographer for numerous award winning feature documentaries. “Elektro Moskva” is his first feature documentary as a director.

Section: Music Moves the World

Screenplay: Elena Tikhonova, Dominik Spritzendorfer

Dir. of Photography: Dominik Spritzendorfer