Our Circumscribed Days

2000 01:10:55 col.

In 1999 Hans Van Den Broeck made this rhythmical portrait of Moscow. He did not focus on the real Moscow, but rather on the myth of the metropolitan city, with its inhabitants as actors. He wanted to capture the Russian spirit, in all its absurdity. Conflict situations, incongruities, funny or absurd situations, however minimal, drew his attention. He acted as a voyeur: in public places he set up his tripod and zoomed in from afar on the events. His recurring source of inspiration was the literature of Daniel Charms, more specifically the short stories, which were written in a highly rhythmical yet almost conjuring style.

A film by; directing & camera; editing & sound Van den Broeck, Hans
A film by; editing & sound De Hooghe, Dirk
A film by Michailovski, Georgii
A film by Van Hecke, Martine
A film by; additional camera Vivien, Benoit
Special appearance by the citizens of Moscow
Special appearance by Kolejtjoek, Anna
Special appearance by Tallerov, Vadim
Special appearance by Olesjoek, Zjenja
Narrator Koshkin, Vadim
Edited at Alea Jacta
Production Les Ballets C. de la B.
Short stories 'The Plummeting Old Women' and 'A Meeting' written by Charms, Daniil
Music ('Fratres' and 'Adonai') composed by Pärt, Arvo
Music ('In Search of the Nose', 'The Portrait' and 'The Sabbath') performed by Orchestra of the Bolshoi Theatre
Orchestra of the Bolshoi Theatre conducted by Tchistiakov, Andrei
Music ('Adonai') performed by the BBC Singers
Music ('In Search of the Nose', 'The Portrait' and 'The Sabbath') composed by Schnittke, Alfred
Music ('Fratres') performed by Little - Roscoe - Studt
Music ('Fratres') performed by Symphonietta Bournemouth
Music ('Our Meetings') sung by Vertinsky, Alexander
The BBC Singers conducted by Holten, Bo