by Mikhail Maksimov
(The Death of Father Men) Russia · 2018 · DCP · Color · 12' · o.v. No Dialogue
Alexander Vladimirovich Men was a Russian Orthodox priest, theologian and writer, whose influence is still widely spread among Christians in Russia and elsewhere. The Death of Father Men uses the vast data about the Russian railroad system as a way to track the events of his assassination, by an ax-wielding assailant just outside his home of Semkhoz, in September 1990.
Selected in the Pardi di domani International competition 2018
Taking the real unresolved case of the murder of Orthodox priest and intellectual Alexander Vladimirovich Men in 1990 as the starting point, Mikhail Maksimov creates as he calls it “a neurocrime story based on the principles of machine learning”, where a neural network (that is, a narrative) is developed from a given set of initial parameters. Midway between mystery video-game and experimental film, The Death of Father Men is one of those fascinating pieces we would, not knowing to describe them better with words, label as UFO’s.
Stefan Ivančić · programmer
Mikhail Maksimov graduated from Moscow State University of Civil Engineering and The Rodchenko Moscow School of Photography and Multimedia. His work has been exhibited around the world in such venues as the Moscow Modern Art Biennale and the New Horizons International Film Festival in Wrocław. He has signed several short films including Chevengur (2009) and Unheimat (2013).