Ajyal Film Festival 2024

All Films

The Hymns of Muscovy

Special Screening

Dimitri Venkov / Short Documentary / Russian Federation / 2018 / 14 min / DCP
In No Dialogue
Interests: Experimental


The film is a trip to the planet 'Muscovy', an upside-down space twin of the city of Moscow, Russia. Gliding along the surface of the planet, we look down to the sky and see historical architectural styles fly by. From the exuberant Socialist Classicism, and laconic Soviet Modernism, to the contemporary knock-offs and revivals of styles from the past. We're accompanied on this journey by hymnic variations of the Soviet anthem by the composer Alexander Manotskov, each corresponding to an architectural style.

About the Directors

Dimitri Venkov is a Russian artist and filmmaker. His works have been shown at major international events including Documenta 14, Oberhausen Film Festival, Moscow, Bergen, and Gothenburg biennials. He has been awarded numerous prestigious prizes such as Kandinsky, FIPRESCI, e-flux, and others. Dimitri holds a Master of Arts degree in film history and is a professor of video art at Moscow’s Rodchenko School of Photography and Multimedia.


Dimitri Venkov
Dimitri Venkov
Alexander Manotskov
Pavel Filkov

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