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Russia's Ministry of Culture demands 'Dau' producer return funding

16 November 2015 7:05 AM, PST | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

Russia’s Ministry of Culture is calling for Phenomen Films, the producer of Ilya Khrzhanovsky’s marathon project Dau, to return $340,000 (RUB22.5m) in production funding as well as $120,000 (RUB8m) in interest.

According to the Russian daily newspaper Izvestiya, an Arbitration Court in Moscow has ruled in favour of the Ministry since there appeared to be no sign of the project being completed and the last report on the production’s status had been in 2011 when shooting was completed on a specially constructed set in Kharkhov.

The co-production between Russia, Sweden, Germany and France had also received backing from the Swedish Film Institute, Medienboard Berlin-Brandenburg, Mdm, Arte France Cinéma, Ukrainian State Film Agency, Wdr/Arte, and Eurimages, and was shot at locations in St Petersburg, Moscow,, Baku, London and Copenhhagen as well as the studio set in Kharkhov.

Dau, which was pitched at the CineMart co-production market in Rotterdam in 2006 and presented as a co-production case study »

- (Martin Blaney)

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Top 100 Most Anticipated Foreign Films of 2015: #6. Ilya Khrzhanovsky’s Dau

9 January 2015 9:30 AM, PST | ioncinema | See recent ioncinema news »


Director: Ilya Khrzhanovsky // Writers: Ilya Khrzhanovsky, Susanne Marian, Vladimir Sorokin

Long touted as one of the most ambitious Russian films ever made (but perhaps one of the most ambitious film projects in the history of cinema itself) is Dau from director Ilya Khrzhanovsky. Over 700 hours of footage, a shoot that eclipsed six years amidst the director’s construction of a town that worked and operated as if it were a real place existing within a 1950’s timeframe, several published interviews and reports with those who experience set visits have come away describing something that sounds like pure madness. The extended shoot ended in a grand baccnalian bonfire three years ago, and in late 2013 it was announced that the film was locked in post-production in London labs, where a crew of people were struggling to piece it together into something rumored to be around two hours in length. Khrzhanovsky, who »

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