1917 - Der wahre Oktober / The Real October 1917 - Der wahre Oktober / The Real October
1917 - Der wahre Oktober / The Real October 1917 - Der wahre Oktober / The Real October

Petersburg, 1917: we re-experience the year of the two revolutions. From the perspective of Russian artists such as Maxim Gorky and Kazimir Malevich, we recount the events of this turbulent year.
Petersburg, 1917: Russian artists in the year of two revolutions. The tsar abdicates and suddenly everything seems possible. Eight months after the February Bourgeois Democratic Revolution, the Bolshevists seize power in October. But what exactly happened in this period between February and October? How did the people of Petersburg experience these turbulent months? With the help of numerous detailed recordings and documents, we recount the events from the perspective of artists such as Maxim Gorky, Kazimir Malevich and Zinaida Gippius. We find out how the artists tried to influence the future of Russia. We learn of their thoughts, strategies, concerns and everyday problems, and we see the events of the time through their eyes. The questions they then faced are still relevant today: What role do artists and art play in times of social upheaval? Where and how did they push forward events themselves? A filmically experimental perspective of these events, inspired by the avant-garde aesthetics of this time.

History / Feature Documentary
Film by Katrin Rothe
Length 90′ / 52′ HD
Co-Production Katrin Rothe Filmproduktion, Dschoint Ventschr Filmproduktion and maxim film with RBB/ARTE and SRF with the support of Medienboard Berlin-Brandenburg, nordmedia, Zürcher Filmstiftung, Studienbibliothek zur Geschichte der Arbeiterbewegung, 2017
Original Title 1917 – Der wahre Oktober / Octobre 1917 – Les artistes de la révolution

Festivals and awards (selection)
Solothurner Filmtage, Switzerland 2017
Achtung Berlin – New Berlin Film Award, Germany 2017
Filmkunstfest Mecklenburg-Vorpommern, Germany 2017
Annecy International Animated Film Festival, France 2017
Moscow International Film Festival, Russian Federation 2017
Rijeka History Film Festival, Croatia 2017
Fantoche – International Animation Film Festival, Switzerland 2017
Arras Film Festival, France 2017
Manchester Art Festival HOME, UK 2017
Performfilmfestival Moscow, Russian Federation 2017
Territory Film Festival Moscow, Russian Federation 2017
Bucheon International Animation Film Festival, South Korea 2017
Vienna Jewish Film Festival, Austria 2017
CinAnima 17, Portugal 2017
Sao Paolo International Film Festival, Brazil 2017
Russian Film Week, UK 2017
Monstra Lisbon, Portugal 2018