Elektro Moskva (Electro Moscow) is an essayistic documentary about the Soviet electronic age and its legacy. The screening at CTM 2014 is the German premiere of the film, that also features "Generation Z : ReNoise" curator Andrey Smirnov.
The story begins with the inventor of the world’s first electronic instrument, Leon Theremin, unveiling the KGB’s huge pile of fascinating devices, some of which were musical. They all came into existence as a by-product of a rampant defense industry. Nowadays, those aged and abandoned "musical coffins", as solidly made as a Kalashnikov, are being recycled and reinterpreted by the post-Soviet generations of musicians, sound collectors and circuit benders.
The story of the Soviet synthesizers as an allegory to the everyday life under the Soviet system: nothing works, but you have to make the best out of it. An electronic fairy tale about the inventive spirit of the free mind inside the iron curtain- and beyond.
Elena Tikhonova works as film director, screenwriter, editor, and VJane. Born in the Soviet town of science Obninsk, town of the "peaceful atom", she graduated at Moscow's Film University "VGIK", where she studied cinematography for feature and documentary films. Since year 2000 she lives and workes in Vienna, and is engaged in documentary as well as short and experimental film projects. She also performs as VJ under the name Mirniy Atom ("peaceful atom") in collaboration with various artists.
Dominik Spritzendorfer (1974), cinematographer and filmmaker. Studied at the Moscow Film Institute VGIK. Lives in Vienna. Worked as cinematographer for numerous award winning feature documentaries. "Elektro Moskva" is his first feature documentary as a director.