The Berlinale is planning its 2012 retrospective, The Red Dream Factory, dedicated to the now-defunct film studio Mezhrabpom-Film.
The film studio, which was responsible for classic Russian revoluntionay cinema such as Vsevolod Pudovkin’s The End of St. Petersburg [pictured], came to a harsh end during the reigns of Stalin and Hitler. The retrospective will feature 30 programmes from 40 different silent films, feature films and animations.
Along with the screening will be discussions at the Deutsche Kinemathek and a newly-published book that will feature German and Russian authors take on the Mezhrabpom-Film studio’s work.
In 2012, Berlin’s retrospective will become even more global with the new partnership with The Museum of Modern Art in New York where films from The Red Dream Factory will screen in March/April 2012.
The Retrospective is being curated by Alexander Schwarz and Günter Agde with help from the (German) Federal Archives/Department Film Archives, the Cinémathèque de Toulouse, Munich Filmmuseum, the Austrian Film Museum in Vienna, and The Museum of Modern Art’s Department of Film.