MOVIE THAT HASN’T EXISTED BEFORE
The second half of the '80s. This was a decade marked by the rise in tension between the American and Russian blocks in the Cold Wars, the fall of the Berlin Wall. Thirty years have passed since the historical events which dramatically changed the cultural scene of the Soviet Union forever. A team of filmmakers decided to carry out their own investigation into the change that was started by one man. It marks the beginning of a chain of incredible events that are hard to believe if you don’t witness them with your own eyes.
Indulis Bilzens – one of the most notable cultural diplomats of the 80 ‘s and 90 ‘s, that stood by the birth of rave culture in Germany and successfully has brought it on the other side of Iron Curtain in the second half of 80 ‘s. His name remains unknown to the masses, isn’t registered in the books of pop culture and has sort of disappeared from the horizon today. However, the activities of Bilzens played a significant part in the beginning of what was a new culture in the time of Soviet regime.
The identity of Bilzens was covered in mystery for all the people in Soviet Union. After the fall of The Berlin Wall in 1989 his influence on the early rave scene was unquestionable. In the late 90’ s suddenly Bilzens disappeared from the scene of rave and cultural area of sight leaving many unanswered questions…The authors of the film with the participation of Soviet rave culture pioneers decided to investigate who was this person and what happened to him..
The first story of the history of the invasion and development of western music and lifestyle in Eastern Europe. How could western culture, forbidden in the recent past, so powerfully break through the ‘iron curtain’ into the lives and mentality of easterners? The story of the film is being told through unique historical archives that accurately characterize the decade of social change and change on the music scene, that creates a round and complete picture of historic events of that time.
Beyond some facts is some untold story, which so far 30 years has not been made public. Story about the man behind this historical invasion. Story about the man who has to stand up for what he believes in. For decades this story was unknown.
I feel the movie was about a very interesting and changing time for two reasons... both a political turnover as well as a musical revolution. Together, it made for very magical moments.
Club culture activists who cares about The History.
Director & Screenwriter
Viktor Buda. author of the upcoming documentary "Era of Dance". Viktor first gained recognition for his work on weekly TV show The Labyrinth (the show aired form 2001 - 2003). In 2002 this show had received the LTV award for being the best youth TV show of the year. As a music journalist and editor with 15 years of experience he had created and directed various TV and media projects related to electronic music culture. For the last ten years his works have been published in major media and international dance music magazines such as Flash, Life Guide, DJ Mag, Dub Ibiza (in Spain), Ibiza.ru and many others.
He is an editor of a new media platform “Ibiza life”. Viktor is also the co-founder of Latvian Electronic dance music online magazine "theRoom".
Uldis Cekulis created the independent production company VFS FILMS and won the International Trailblazer prize at MIPDOC in Cannes, which recognises the best documentary filmmakers. He has worked on more than 45 documentaries both as producer and sometimes also as cameraman. Many of the documentaries he has produced such as Roof on the Moonway (2001) and Dream Land (2004) have travelled around the world. He has co-produced documentaries with Estonian, Lithuanian, Russian, German, Italian, French, Greek, Icelandic, Finnish and Georgian Production companies.
VFS Films (Latvia) is a film production company that houses a large group of filmmakers around a tight nucleus – best at telling human stories through award-winning documentaries or creative TV productions. With skin rough enough to spend a lot of time outdoor. VFS Films has become the leader in the Baltic States in making documentaries and TV programmes with a focus on man and nature stories.
One of the most talented cinematographer of new generation. Ritvars started his career as VJ on clubs and various Electronic dance music events, where his video art and "unique style of hosting" made him a hit. He worked as a freelancer for the various clients concentrates on video production and stills photography for commercial & editorial clients. His interest in cinematography lead him working with music videos, filming music Bands & Djs.
As a co-author Ritvars won the Latvian national selection to represent Latvia in prestigious "Cannes Lions" 2016 Festival "film" category, which held in the French city of Cannes, this year already 63th time.
Moscow February 2017 TBA
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