The International Festival of Films on Art - 39TH Edition from March 16 to 28, 2021

Kirill Serebrennikov - A Theatre Director under Arrest

Switzerland | 2019 | 59 min
German, Russian | Subtitles in English
Cinematography: Ivan Aebischer, David Merkofer, Konstantin Postnikov
Editing: Titus Buetler
Producer: Anita Hugi
Production: Judith Hardegger
Director: Eduard Erne, Julia Bendlin


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North American Premiere

Famed for his innovative thinking and enormous talent, the Russian stage director Kirill Serebrennikov has been in a Russian prison since 2018. His detention, which seems like thinly disguised censorship, sheds a light on the state of artistic creation in Russia, long deprived of funding. Making its North American premiere, this fascinating documentary tells the story behind the creation of the opera Così fan tutte in Zurich, which Serebrennikov co-directed from afar. Alternating between scenes of the director in prison, his trial and the preparations for the show, this documentary is an exceptional look at a unique creative process.

Prix Europa (2019) - Nomination


Julia Bendlin

Julia Bendlin. Born in Riesa/Former GDR. Studied Cultural Studies in Go?rlitz and Journalism in Zu?rich/Switzerland. Worked as a booking agent and producer for contemporary music in Berlin. Has been working for Swiss National Television (SRF) since 2010. Several documentaries for Swiss TV.

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Eduard Erne

Eduard Erne. Born in Bregenz/Austria. Studied Directing at the University Mozarteum in Salzburg. Worked in theatres in Vienna, Frankfurt/Main and Hamburg. Started in 1990 to direct documentaries for TV and cinema. In 1994 he won the PRIX FUTURA for “A Wall Of Silence” (together with Margareta Heinrich). Several documentaries for German TV and arte. Since 2007 working for Swiss National Television SRF.

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Filmography | Totschweigen (A Wall Of Silence) (1994) ; Indira´s Diary (2000) ; BirdPeople (2004) ; Children Of The Masterrace (2009) ; The Speech (2017)

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