Dau trailer: An incredible film experiment that consumed the lives of everyone involved
With a project that seems to take some sort of inspiration from Synecdoche, New York, Russian director Ilya Khrzhanovsky's film/art installation/live-in experiment Kau, is finally beginning to see the light of the day. Hundreds of people from all sections of society came to work and live on a set in a 130,000-square-foot warehouse called The Institute in the Ukrainian city of Kharkov between 2006 and 2011. Some say it went on far longer. The details are sketchy to say the least. It sounds like Secret Cinema gone mad.
The set was a recreation of Stalin's Russia, with those present having to live and behave as if they were existing under the totalitarian regime. No mobile phones or cameras were allowed and everyone present had to wear period clothes, with extra Veronika Bulyanskaya saying after it had wrapped: "I will probably never find myself in such a situation ever again. Now people are different, meaner; on the set everyone was kind-hearted, they smiled and helped one another. Girls were so beautiful without make-up, provocative outfits or short skirts."
As of yet there isn't a standalone trailer but you can watch this to get an initial idea. Dau features over 700 hours of footage shot on 35mm film, which has apparently been broken down into 13 films and a slate of series. It all sounds completely bizarre but absolutely fascinating - as the 'trailer' reveals, we expect to see the first signs of Dau in Autumn of this year.