Dau (film)

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Directed by Ilya Khrzhanovsky
Country Russia

Dau is a Russian film directed by Ilya Khrzhanovsky. The film deals with the life of the Nobel Prize winning Soviet scientist Lev Landau. The movie is one of Russia's largest and most controversial cinematic projects.[1]

The preparation for the shooting for the film began in 2006, whereas the actual shooting started in 2008 and went on for three years. The world premiere of the movie was intended to take place at the 2011 Cannes Film Festival.[2] In 2017 The Telegraph reported that the film is still being edited and the production company is quoted as saying, “Our project consists of over 700 hours of material all shot on 35mm out of which the company is making feature films, TV series and a slate of science and art documentaries, as well as a trans-media project”. [3]

The film was shot at various sites in Russia, Ukraine, Germany, United Kingdom and Denmark.[4] Most of the film was shot on a specially constructed set called "The Institute" in Kharkiv in northeastern Ukraine. The Institute was the largest film set in Europe, the area totalling 12,000 sq. meters. The set was a dynamic creative reconstruction of a Soviet restricted-access Institute in 1938-1968, located in Moscow. Some actors lived in The Institute in character 24 hours a day.[5] The destruction of the set became an integral part of the story and was shot on 8 November 2011.

Teodor Currentzis, a Greek classical conductor, plays the title role of Dau while Radmila Shchegoleva, the only professional actor in the cast, plays his wife. Alexei Blinov lead technical development for feature film along with acting in it as Prof. Blinov. The cast also included: Anatoly Vasiliev, Dmitry Chernyakov, Olga Shkabarnya, Peter Sellars, Romeo Castellucci, Carsten Höller, Marina Abramović, David Gross, Shing-Tung Yau, Nikita Nekrasov, Carlo Rovelli, James Fallon, and others.

In July 2018 the project release was announced and preregistration was opened on the web page www.DAU.xxx


  1. ^ "The Never-Ending Story". Caravan Magazine. 1 October 2012. Retrieved 12 December 2012.
  2. ^ "Dau almost done". Archived from the original on 16 November 2011. Retrieved 12 December 2012.
  3. ^ "Apocalypse Dau: the most insane film shoot of all time, and why you may never get to see it". The Telegraph. Retrieved 2017-04-14.
  4. ^ "L'Atelier du Festival - Dau". Archived from the original on 15 October 2012. Retrieved 12 December 2012.
  5. ^ Idov, Michael (2011-10-27). "On the Movie Set of Director Ilya Khrzhanovsky's Dau". GQ.

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