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‘Dau’, The Experimental Film Of The Century, Set For Release in Fall 2018

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This fall, the supposed movie of the century will hit film festivals and events in Europe. Dau, an infamous art film about a Soviet physicist from the 1950s, is a cinematographic experience all its own. Almost 10 years in the making, Dau is rumored to be groundbreaking in the film industry. It’s a landmark for famed avant-garde director, Ilya Khrzhanovsky.

Dau, The Once In A Lifetime Cinematographic Experience

This Russian art project isn’t like any other film you’ve seen in theaters. Dau was filmed in a full-scale Ukranian city, where over 400 families moved for over two years. They called the city set “The Institute.” All cast members lived on set, under 24/7 surveillance. The Institute was a realistic depiction of 1950’s era Kharkov, Ukraine, with historically-accurate buildings, props, attire, currency, and lifestyle.

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The locals lived as if they were actually in a Soviet-era totalitarian regime. All of their interactions were filmed to become a part of the movie. Over 700 hours of footage from over the two year period were used to create the final masterpiece. Dau is rumored to be about the life of physicist Lev Landau. He was a Nobel Prize winner in 1962, and a leader in both society and science in Russia during his time. While the part of Landau may have had some direction, the rest of the film was completely unscripted for the locals.

The Crazed (Or Genius?) Director

Ilya Khrzhanovsky is one part artistic genius, one part madman, and, some say, one part cult-like leader. His regime-city recreation was rumored to be many other schemes other than a film set, from a cult gathering to a crazed social experiment gone awry.

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Khrzhanovsky comes from an artistic family, the son of an animator and grandson of a painter. However, neither his father nor grandfather gained the same fame as Ilya, whose masterpiece may be the only film of its kind to ever be created.

Hype About Dau

Because Dau has been in production for over 10 years, with little to no press, people are understandably excited to see the film in its final form. Only a select few reporters have ever been allowed on set. Those that gained entry were required to act just as the locals in ’50s Soviet Ukraine.

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One of the locals said about their experiences on set: “I will probably never find myself in such a situation ever again… Now people are different, meaner; on the set everyone was kindhearted, they smiled and helped one another. Girls were so beautiful without makeup, provocative outfits or short skirts.”

Dau will be released in Autumn 2018.

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