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LanguageUkrainian, Russian
Enthusiasm
Ентузіязм: Симфонія Донбасу

A radical early sound film from the grandfather of non-fiction, Dziga Vertov’s Enthusiasm captures Ukraine’s Donbas in the throes of revolutionary transformation. Vertov’s vision of industrialisation in motion verges on abstract reverie, taking the viewer into the depths of mines, across electric wires, and up close with smelting furnaces. The soundtrack is equally experimental, eschewing synchronicity and the human voice in favour of an ensemble of industrial clangs and crashes recorded on location. As the Donbas suffers fresh horrors at the hands of Russia, Vertov’s document of modernity on the march is both timely and bittersweet.

The license fee for Enthusiasm is being donated to the family of Mantas Kvedaravičius, who was killed while filming in the Donbas in March 2022.

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ASHLEY UPSHALL
ASHLEY UPSHALL
Thank you
Thank you Klassiki for putting this on at this terrible time for the people of Donbas. It has strange parallels with the previous feature Atlantis. Let’s not forget their suffering in what looks like a long struggle. Great film as well.
God bless Ukraine.
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