The festival closing ceremony and the winners awarding, as well as the world premiere of the «This is the Last Song of the Evening» by Evgeny Granilshchikov.
«This is the Last Song of the Evening»
Russia / France | 2018 | 70 min Evgeny Granilshchikov World premiere
Like in many of his previous works, Granilshchikov's characters are young creatives, whose lives and careers develop to a backdrop of current political affairs. «For me, it was not so much about writing a story for the film, but more about looking for a way of filming it,» Granilshchikov explains. «We were not actors but performers documenting our lives and occasionally inserting an invented situation.» Filmed over three years in Saint Petersburg and Paris, The Last Song follows a deceptively confusing, but in fact linear timeline, which starts with a conservative turn in Russian society after the presidential election of 2012 and ends in the present day. «From the very beginning, I thought that even without a script, but with close attention to detail, we would be able to create something important—something that could develop into a shimmering story, almost a drama.»
Evgeny Granilshchikov (1985) is a Russian artist and independent filmmaker. He studied literature and animation at the Rodchenko School of Photography and Multimedia in Moscow and is a key figure in the new critical generation of young Muscovite artists. He works range from short three minutes videos shot on a mobile phone to a film and video installation project that is constantly being update hence potentially endless. In his search to find a new cinematic eye, he intuitively questions and redefines what a film is and how different cinematic situations can coexist. This becomes apparent in his sophisticated use of images. Smartphone recordings go hand in hand with high resolution registrations, and direct recordings are interspersed with re-enactments. Granilshchikov's works are often auto-biographical with a complex narrative that also functions as self-referential to the medium of film and the story itself adding depth to his very particular use of cinematic imageries. Lives and works in Moscow.