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Prometheus. The poem of the Kazan Fire

We are the “FORMATE” concept studio, the founders and the organizers of the international media art festival “NUR”.
 During the festival we decided to make a documentary about the pioneers of the audiovisual art Student Design Bureau “Prometheus”.
The “Prometheus. The poem of Kazan fire” - is an attempt to grasp a cult phenomenon which intellectual communities have been observing with awe.
To create this film, we have read through a wast amount of literature about color music and Skryabin, digitalized over 20 archive media, interviewed the members of the SKB and the eye-witnesses of the landmark events that happened in Kazan.

Apart from the art experiments, “Prometheus” was known as a group engineering masterminds who were able to solve literally space-scale issues, since they also developed color and music installations for interior design and for spacecrafts.

However, for us the most important thing is that at the heart of Prometheus’s fifty years story lies love, as cliché as it sounds.

It was true love indeed, not any less dramatic than Shakespeare’s works.
In the film, we do not only uncover the story of the group, but also tell about Skryabin, the author of the color music idea, as well as the complex philosophical concept of synesthesia.

  • Didar Orazov
  • Polina Petrova
  • Rashid Osmanov
  • Didar Orazov
  • Yusuf Bikchantaev
  • Nickolay Krasilnikov
    Director of Photography
  • Nickolay Krasilnikov
  • Alexandr Silkin
  • Alexandr Silkin
  • Alfiya Garayshina
    Sound Engineer
  • Yusuf Bikchantaev
    Sound Engineer
  • Project Title (Original Language):
    Прометей. Поэма Казанского огня
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  • Genres:
    Docomentary, History, New media art, Art
  • Runtime:
    1 hour 13 minutes 35 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    September 10, 2021
  • Production Budget:
    100 USD
  • Country of Origin:
    Russian Federation
  • Country of Filming:
    Russian Federation
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  • Shooting Format:
    Digital, Panasonic GH5, 12mm, 40
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Director Biography - Didar Orazov

Didar graduated from Kazan University with a degree in "Orientalist, Africanist".
As a student, he was engaged in writing prose, short stories, miniatures, philosophical essays, scripts for variety performances. He was fond of studying historical documents related to Eastern culture.
After graduating from university, he was invited to video production, then became a co-founder of the Formate concept studio. In the studio, he realized himself as a screenwriter, creative producer, and lyricist. A few years later, he became interested in documentary projects. Thanks to the joint efforts of the studio, a full-length film about the history of the martial art of judo was created: "Tatar Kodokan". The film was a great opportunity to understand the process of creation, and most importantly, the features of the documentary.
After the film, the founder of the studio Rashid Osmanov had the idea to create an international media art festival in Kazan "Nur", at the same time the idea of shooting a film about the Prometheus appeared.
To create the works, Didar Orazov was inspired by the works of Visconti, Antonioni, the philosophy of Alexei Losev and the music of Scriabin and Rachmaninoff

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