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CYCLE 2217

In the 23rd century, post-apocalyptic world all of the resources have become just as scare as empathy. When Kaitou, a prowler and thief, steals a mysterious notebook from guard Kalina a relentless pursuit starts which heads them all through the dystopian world of an underground city Inferno and their self-destructive society. Secretly observed and manipulated by a higher form of power.

  • Evgeny Kalachikhin
  • Ruben Dauenhauer
  • Evgeny Kalachikhin
  • Alexander Temme
  • Christina Demenshina
    After the Party, Berlin Beat
  • Finn Dübbers
  • Eckard Ischebeck
    Key Cast
  • Anna Ortmann
    Key Cast
  • Ingmar Böske
    Key Cast
  • Project Title (Original Language):
    ZYKLUS 2217
  • Project Type:
    Animation, Short, Student
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  • Runtime:
    18 minutes 1 second
  • Completion Date:
    August 25, 2019
  • Production Budget:
    10,000 EUR
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    2K (Arri Alexa)
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Director Biography - Evgeny Kalachikhin, Ruben Dauenhauer

Evgeny Kalachikhin, born in 1982 in Moscow, Russia.

He studied directing at the Gerasimov Institute of Cinematography (VGIK) in Moscow and then completed his Master of Fine Arts in Editing at the Film University Babelsberg KONRAD WOLF in 2017. At the moment he is based in Berlin, works as a freelance director, editor and colorist. He is involved in many fiction, documentary and experimental projects that are shown at different film festivals around the world.

Ruben Dauenhauer, born 1987 in Rüsselsheim, Germany.

After an apprenticeship as a tool mechanic and diverse assistance experiences in stage and costume designs productions, he completed 2018 his Bacherlor of Fine Arts in scenography at the Film University Babelsberg Konrad Wolf where he continues his master studies in production design. His portfolio contains a wide range of works in multiple parts of film and art including exhibition and festival design, art collective productions (Monumentalkunstkollektiv Anarchistischer Kleinkunst) and conceptional set designs.

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Director Statement

„ZYKLUS 2217“ (eng. CYCLE 2217) describes the condition of "the human as a product" in a cinematic mimesis. The challenge was to create a short film without dialogues in a way that the audience could still dive into an ungraspable far off future of destruction and ignorance.

It was highly important for us to show that human nature doesn’t evolve from its destructive frenzy and encounters in the future the same patterns of behavior than in the past: a broken world, no functioning infrastructure and inhabitants which are not self-reflecting of their existence or habits and which eat whatever is served without asking what it is or where it comes from.

„There is no way out of the cycle“ (Quote „CYCLE 2217“)