Eurasia(Questions on Happiness)
Eurasia (Questions on Happiness)
64 min., 2018
Eurasia (Questions on Happiness) combines cinematic sequences, found footage, animation and graphics. Through its different visual, aural, linguistic and material textures, the film moves between the distinctive temporality of a YouTube viral video, a poetic and folkish mode of science-fictional storytelling and moments where the film seems to overlap with experience in real-time, destabilising the hyped-up editing of its neighbouring sequences. In the speculative narrative that underpins the film, the continent of Eurasia has assumed the name ‘DVD Zone 5’ with regional empires, breakaway states and petty-nationalist republics.
The continent of Eurasia, as both geographical and geopolitical concept, is a locus for the grand claims for the projects of unification and hyper-fragmentation in an increasingly neo-medieval political order.
Shot in the southeastern Ural and Macedonia, the film’s evolving narrative is framed by three poems: Marina Tsvetaeva’s I know the truth (1918); Fyodor Tyutchev’s Silentium! (1830); and Alexander Vvedensky’s Snow Lies (1930). Each of these poems, all read in voice-over, embodies a distinct position of the poet as a filter of reality. In the exhilarating ‘Snow Lies’, Vvedensky denies language its pretence to convey any coherent meaning, running away with the listener’s imagination as well as with the concept of poetry itself.
Lucie de Bréchard
Kuedo, with contributions by J.G. Biberkopf