The Building
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    The Building

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    93 min


    In the east of Ukraine lies Derzhprom, the House of State Industry. Built between 1925 and 1928, it was intended to embody the idea of Communism. Although it was a poster child for the avant-garde movement, now it seems almost forgotten. Derzhprom acts as a kind of time machine. Space becomes time here. THE BUILDING moves between classic, observational documentary and experimental cinema. With very little dialogue, it is rather a poem of moving images. Through the use of mixed materials, including archive films from the 1920s, it reflects on how past and present, movement and time are related to the static nature of architecture.


    Matilda Mester
    Bruno Derksen
    Tatjana Kononenko
    Matilda Mester
    Felia Gram-Hanssen


    Matilda Mester

    Matilda Mester

    Germany, Denmark

    Matilda Mester is a director and cinematographer who graduated from the German Film and Television Academy (dffb). She currently lives in Copenhagen and works in the field of art film, experimental and documentary film. Her work as a cinematographer has been shown at several international festivals and art exhibitions. THE BUILDING is her first feature film as a director.

    Tatjana Kononenko

    Tatjana Kononenko

    Ukraine, Germany

    Tatjana Kononenko, born 1980 in Kirovograd, Ukraine, currently lives and works between Berlin and Tbilisi. She graduated in Media and Art at University of Arts Berlin with her first essay documentary KEEP OUT (premiered at the Jihlava IDFF). Toghether with Prof. Siegfried Zielinsky she founded a new program „Doing theory“ at UdK Berlin, studies between theory and arts practice, supported by DAAD. Tatjana Kononenko was working for Arsenal Institute for film and video art Berlin till she moved 2015 to Paris. She was a fellow of the Elsa Neumann Programme of Berlin Senate for particularly promising artists. THE BUILDING, her first full-length and also graduation film at the German National Film Academy (dffb), had its Premiere at Jihlava IDFF in 2019. Tatjana Kononenko has been working with film and as film curator in projects often dealing with the issues of memory and history.