A feature-length documentary, Kvadrat explores the realities of techno DJing, using the example of Andrey PUSHKAREV, a Russian DJ recognized worldwide. Filmed as a hybrid between a ...
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A feature-length documentary, Kvadrat explores the realities of techno DJing, using the example of Andrey PUSHKAREV, a Russian DJ recognized worldwide. Filmed as a hybrid between a road-movie and a music video, the film not only illustrates the festive atmosphere of techno night clubs, but also reveals the lesser known side of this profession: weeks of track selection, lengthy travel, difficult schedule. The film suggests to reconsider the stereotype of a popular musician, to find out whether the artist is happy, to ponder what's most important to him and his audience? Shot in Switzerland, France, Hungary, Romania and Russia, the film omits the typical documentary elements: no interviews, no explanatory voice-over, no facts, no figures. The visuals and the techno music replace them, leaving the detailed interpretation to the viewer.Written by
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The film "Kvadrat" is an honest movie!
The title suggests to us that the profession of a techno DJ is not an ideal circle without nooks and corners, as it may seem from the outside, no, it's a square. The film is the same: not sleek, not streamlined when the main character blows his nose, he does so on camera.
"Kvadrat" takes the viewer on a tour of European night clubs, a one- and-a-half dive into the atmosphere of the life of Russian techno DJ Andrey Pushkarev. Through his example, we witness what it takes a person to walk the path of an artist, to risk making a living out of one's art. We can watch a man, apparently totally devoid of ego; he, like Buddha, humbly fulfills his purpose. And there lies his greatness. Andrey plays his music for the people, without a fuss about who they are or where it happens: in a big metropolitan club or a small provincial one, he is comfortable everywhere. The movie "Kvadrat" is a montage of moods: airports, countries, cities, clubs and also seasons. By his own example, Andrey Pushkarev destroys the myth that a DJ is necessarily someone resigned to unhealthy lifestyle, which is associated with his job, and someone who said "yes" to alcohol, tobacco and other stimulants.
The film "Kvadrat" is a real gift to the club culture connoisseur.
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