Archive of films Sleeping District / Sleeping District
Denmark / Russia
2014, 12 min
A silent film that speaks with eloquence. Composed into attractive images, this excursion to the empty apartments of Moscow’s enormous prefab housing complexes invites us to contemplate the things that form our memories of the places in which we live.
Stark Soviet architecture gave rise to prefab apartment blocks so massive that the people who inhabit them seem inconsequential. Tinne Zenner combines static shots of the structures with the words of the tenants, and although torn from the wider context they still take on a general validity in relation to that which forms our ideas about the place we live. Shot on 16mm, this silent movie brings to life a country’s memories and demonstrates that however cadaverous these concrete constructions may appear, their microcosms are certainly alive within them.
About the director
Tinne Zenner (b. 1986) is a Danish filmmaker and visual artist, also currently a student of Copenhagen’s Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts. Thematically, she explores how history, politics, and memory are embedded in physical structures. Her work has been exhibited in Brussels, Paris, and New York. Her short debut Sleeping District was screened at the New York Film Festival and the prestigious documentary gathering CPH:DOX.
About the film