Special screening + Q&A: Desert of the Real

Russian premiere of Christian von Borries' «Desert of the Real».
It's been six years since the real estate bubble burst, and already, the glittering ruins of developer architecture are being reclaimed by nature. Entire suburbs of Phoenix, Arizona are overgrown with tumbleweed. In post-Soviet Georgia, unfinished resorts rot on the Black Sea Coast. In Abu Dhabi, palm trees are dying among half-built film studios and sports complexes. It is where now the world's biggest arms fair takes place, held in the same kind of desert that provides the location for most of our time's real and virtual wars. Elsewhere, new man-made deserts take shape as shopping mall replicas of Venice, inhabited by the living dead.

Composer and filmmaker Christian von Borries' new film «Desert of the real» visits these contemporary wastelands. In a rich collage of acted scenes and documentary footage, he extends the metaphor of the wasteland to today's medial reality. At the heart of so many holographic simulations and replicas, in a world custom-made for selfie and instagram tweets, he reveals emptiness and potential violence. (David Riff) The only way to trace the distinction between the semblance and the Real is, precisely, to STAGE it in a fake spectacle. (Zizek, «Welcome to the Desert of the Real»).
«Desert of the Real»
A: The Simulacrum of War
B: Venice Vice, a franchise fatigues

Germany | 2017 | 77 min
Christian von Borries

Christian von Borries

Christian von Borries
Christian von Borries - is a conductor, composer, artist and a film director. He lives and works in Berlin. Author of the "Manifesto of the new cinema" and a number of site-specific psycho-geographical projects. To create his films von Borries uses materials from different media: from Hollywood movies to videos found on Youtube. Author of the projects for the Volksbühne Berlin theater, the documenta (12), the Weimar Arts Festival and the Lucerne Festival. In 2010 his first film «The Dubai in me» received a Special mention at the FID Marseille Festival and became the part of the programme of the Ural Industrial Biennale in Yekaterinburg. Moscow International Experimental Film Festival will present his latest film the "Desert of the real", which was premiered at CPH:DOX in Copenhagen, March 2017.
July 23