Clownery

Tragic comedy of the absurd, based on the works of Daniel Kharms (1905-1942). Trying to recreate the realities of the 30s, at which the bloom of Kharms began to flourish, the director reproduces the style of filming, the acting of that time and introduces an “aged” sound into the picture. Thus, he manages to achieve maximum authenticity of the sound of the author's text and help the viewer to plunge into the atmosphere in which the classic of the absurd lived and worked. This is the world of illusions, hints and associations, reflecting the stream of consciousness of the creator living in an era of silence. This era in a paradoxical way reminds of today's Russia. Various works of Daniil Kharms are filigreely connected into a single whole by means of a certain character dressed in a sailor's jacket, who roams from “incident” to “occasion”, falling into various stories and leaving unharmed from the most improbable situations. The character is a sweet embodiment of a revolutionary sailor in stock, which filled Russian society in the early 1930s. He is quite a good-natured "lumpen", not devoid of the features of his class: arrogance, perversity, impudence and arrogance. In the film, the works of Harms were filmed: “Interference”, “Victory of Myshyn”, “Grigoriev and Semyonov”, etc.

  • Dmitri Frolov
    Director
  • Dmitri Frolov
    Key Cast
    "Daniel Kharms"
  • Dmitri Shibanov
    Key Cast
    "Mishin"
  • Natalya Sourkova
    Key Cast
    "Marya Ivanovna"
  • Project Type:
    Experimental, Feature
  • Runtime:
    52 minutes
  • Completion Date:
    February 27, 2005
  • Country of Origin:
    Russian Federation
  • Country of Filming:
    Russian Federation
  • Language:
    Russian
  • Shooting Format:
    16 mm
  • Aspect Ratio:
    4:3
  • Film Color:
    Black & White and Color
  • First-time Filmmaker:
    No
  • Student Project:
    No
  • XI Russian festival "Literature and Cinema", Gatchina, February-March 2005; IX International Festival of Arts "Sergey Oskolkov and his friends", St. Petersburg, Peterhof, Oranienbaum, June 2005; International St. Petersburg " Harms-Festival-5 ", St. Petersburg, Russia, June-July 2005; Vll International Biennale" Dialogue ", Manege, St. Petersburg, August 2005; Club "SINEFANTOM", Moscow, August 17, 2005; 8th International Festival of Independent Cinema "Pure Dreams", St Petersburg, November 2005; X International Festival of Arts "Sergey Oskolkov and his friends," St. St. Petersburg, Peterhof, Oranienbaum, June 2006; "ARTKONTSEPT 2006" - 3rd International Festival of Arts tendentious, St. Petersburg, August 2006; Interzone, St. Petersburg, July 2008; XX International Festival of Arts "Sergey Oskolkov and his friends", St. Petersburg, Peterhof, Oranienbaum, June 2016
  • Special prize "Through the thorns to the stars" for a new language in the cinema (International Festival of Independent Cinema "Clean Dreams - VIII", November 2005)
  • The Flight Deck Film Festival
    New York
    United States
    August 9, 2020
    Finalist
  • Global Monthly Online Film Competition

    September 8, 2020
    AWARDS: 'Best Experimental Feature', 'Best Director Feature', 'Best Actor Feature', 'Best Actress Feature'
  • Madras Independent Film Festival
    Chennai
    India
    November 2, 2020
    AWARDS: Best Experimental Feature, Best Editing
  • Best Director Award
    London
    United Kingdom
    November 24, 2020
    AWARD: Best Director Experimental Film
  • Kosice International Monthly Film Festival
    Košice
    Slovakia
    December 8, 2020
    FINALIST
  • Oasis Inter Continental Film Festival
    Mumbai
    India
    February 5, 2021
    WINNER
  • Standalone Film Festival & Awards
    Rancho Cucamonga
    United States
    February 1, 2021
    Official Selection
  • Aurora Film Festival
    Caserta
    Italy
    November 27, 2020
    Official Selection
  • Cinemaking International Film Festival

    Bangladesh
    December 25, 2020
    AWARDS: Honorable Mention Film, Honorable Mention Actor
  • Gralha International Monthly Film Awards
    Curitiba
    Brazil
    February 1, 2021
    AWARDS: Best Cinematography of Feature Film 🏆Best Sound Design/Mix of Feature Film 🏆Best Production Design of Feature Film 🏆Best Costume Design of Feature Film 🏆Best Feature Film Poster
  • Accord Cine Fest
    Mumbai
    India
    April 3, 2021
    AWARD: 'Best Experimental Feature'
  • Gutterbliss Temporary Testival

    United States
    May 14, 2021
    Official Selection
  • Continental Film Awards

    India
    May 26, 2021
    AWARD: Best European Experimental Feature
  • SonderBlu Film Festival
    New York
    United States
    September 25, 2021
    Official Selection
Director Biography - Dmitri Frolov

Dmitri Frolov was born in Leningrad in 1966. He graduated from The Institute of Film & Television in 1990.
He worked at LENFILM Studios and then for the STV film company as a cameraman, in which capacity he has worked with many independent filmmakers.
He began to shoot his own films before the start of perestroika, in the early 1980s, He is one of the leaders of russian movievanguard in postperestroika age. He makes esthetic experiments connecting with return to dumb cinema on new level of movielanguage.
His films he shoots exclusively on film company "Svema". Even despite the fact that the film material, said the factory was left far in the Soviet past, and the film is not released, he revives the footage, while continuing to be faithful to the brand selected more child. When asked why, he replied that only "Svema" because of its unpredictability and non-uniformity of the emulsion, is the living material, which is able to convey the thrill of the character of life and even the seemingly inanimate object.

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