Having graduated in 2016 as a documentary director from the Brussels Royal Institute for Theatre, Cinema & Sound, Ira A. Goryainova (b. 1984, Moscow) plays with the expectations of viewers as she often crosses the borders between fiction and non-fiction.

In a European Union torn apart by several pro- and contra factions, facing a refugee crisis and at the same time the rise of the right, daily bombed by a plethora of opinions, fast food newsflashes and a continuous stream of images, a certain group of people resigns and looks at it all from the sidelines. Die Ruinen von Europa follows a young Parisienne, a real contemporary Ophelia/Elektra, as portrayed in Heiner Müller’s apocalyptic play Die Hamletmaschine (1977), which functions as leitmotif in this unsettling, dark, thought-provoking, gloomy meditative trip. The modern day Ophelia is destructive, yet speaks in a cynical but poetic manner about power, use and abuse. A voice out of the darkest corner of a Europe in a severe mental crisis.

Die Ruinen von Europa
2016, 47', color, English, French, German and Polish spoken, English subtitles.

NB: screened every hour

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