Pavlensky - Man and Might

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Germany | 2016 | 99 minutes | Irene Langemann

Russian protest artist Pyotr Pavlensky gained international notoriety for sewing his mouth shut in solidarity with the convicted members of Pussy Riot, but that is just a taste of how he literally puts his body on the line to confront power and oppression.

"A riveting, nuanced depiction of using self-violence as an apparatus of declaring absolute artistic freedom in the face of authoritarian state power."Amber Cortes, The Stranger

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Pyotr Andreyevich Pavlensky is an artist who passionately lives by the belief that situations give rise to action—and that we must speak up, refute, and resist. His actions and political demonstrations have gained him the attention of not only Russian authorities, but also the world. In 2013, Pavlensky sewed his own mouth shut in protest against the incarceration of the Russian feminist punk group Pussy Riot, and in the same year, he nailed his scrotum to Red Square on Police Day, saying it was "a metaphor of apathy, political indifference, and fatalism." In another shocking spectacle in 2015, he attempted to burn down the door of the famous Lubyanka Prison: the headquarters of the Federal Security System. Government officials have tried numerous times to have him committed, but doctors continuously find him mentally sound. Where does the line between outrageous performance art end and a politically committed life begin? Pavlensky is an artist who completely throws himself into his beliefs and protests. For him, the private is political and there is no other way to live. Pavlensky and his partner Oksana Shalygina founded the independent online newspaper "Political Propaganda," dedicated to contemporary art in the context of gender equality and overcoming cultural chauvinism. Pavlensky is no mere hooligan, but a man with a mission who lives, breathes, and externalizes the art of protest.

Director Biography

Russian filmmaker Irene Langemann has been writing and directing since 1998, starting with her television documentary short Das Ende Einer Odyssee - Der Pianist Rudolf Kehrer. She has worked strictly on documentary films since.

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  • Original Language Title: Pawlenski – Der Mensch und die Macht
  • Director: Irene Langemann
  • Premiere Status: North America
  • Country: Germany
  • Year: 2016
  • Running Time: 99 minutes
  • Producer: Wolfgang Bergmann
  • Screenplay: Irene Langemann
  • Cinematographers: Maksim Tarasyugin, Franz Koch
  • Editors: Lena Rem
  • Music: Daniel Langemann
  • Website: Official Film Website
  • Filmography: Rubljovka - Straße zur Glückseligkeit (2007); Die Martins-Passion (2004); Russia's Wonder Children (2000)
  • Language: Russian
  • Has Subtitles: Yes
  • Format: DCP
  • International Sales: Deckert Distribution