Described as a “shock-seeking art movie,” the Voina Art Group film “Tomorrow,” directed by Andrey Gryazey, will represent Russia at the Berlinale Film Festival taking place from February 9 through 19, 2012.
A documentary entitled “Tomorrow” about the Voina art group will be representing Russia during the Berlinale Film Festival. The controversial group is known for being artists, vandals and even revolutionaries, but regardless of how you classify them, the political performers love to shock their audiences.
Director Andrey Gryazey made a film about the group who became renowned for their “performances” such as painting a giant phallus on a drawbridge and tipping over an empty police car.
“I saw a man running in front of the Federal Security Service building in Moscow with a bucket on his head and though, that’s interesting,” said Gryazey, adding, “I did not completely understand who these people really are. The main thing about them is that they’re always against everything, this is their fundamental principal.”
The Viona Art Group reluctantly took part in the film project, after making a deal with the director, who was the only investor in the film. In exchange for their cooperation, the group’s video clips, many of which are already on YouTube, will be used in the film to provide them with a “new platform for communication.”
“Tomorrow” cost Gryazey $2,000 to produce and it includes a mix of staged and documentary material, though the director says, “It’s impossible to tell the difference.”
The documentary will be screened at the Berlinale’s Forum program along with 53 other productions during the Berlinale Film Festival in Berlin. The cultural event is one of the most important dates for the international film industry. Approximately 300,000 tickets have already been sold and more than 19,000 professional visitors from 115 countries (including 4,000 journalists) will be in attendance. The festival shows around 400 films per year, mostly international or European premieres. The “Forum” section of the festival screens “unfamiliar cinematography,” avant-garde films, experimental works, essays, long-term observations, political reportage and yet-to-be-discovered cinematic landscapes. The “Forum” is considered the most daring section of the Berlinale.