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pereSTROIKA - reCONSTRUCTION of a flat (pereSTROIKA - umBAU einer Wohnung)

pereSTROIKA - reCONSTRUCTION of a flat
Scene from"pereSTROIKA" (photo © Buechner Filmproduktion GbR)

Imagine you and your family would have to live in just one single room and share the kitchen, bathroom and telephone with up to two dozen other people. In St. Petersburg this is not an uncommon sight but a relict from the times of the Soviet Union’s normative resource allocation. And it won’t be a thing of the past for a long time to come. Unskilled in handling property, but trained in getting hold of public allowances, establishing an adequate market value for a single room in this flat spurs a dramatic dynamic. For a last time, the relations between all people involved are put to the test in this confined space.
Now, it’s no longer about who takes up the bathroom for how long or who pollutes the kitchen with especially pungent food smells. Now that their ways will irrevocably part, every one wants to make the most of the situation for himself and will stop at nothing. Because either everybody moves out or nobody! By patiently following every narrative strand, the film unravels this search for potential solutions. Instead of morally distorting its protagonists –
on the one side the profit hungry estate agents and, on the other, powerless occupants of a communal apartment – the film stays close on its protagonists’ heels while showing them in the context of a movement that takes neighbors into different directions. perestroika engages with the details of its protagonists’ existential struggle for a new home. And precisely because of that, the film is able to draw a picture of how free market economy feels in the Russia of today.


Christiane Büchner was born in 1965 in Freiburg. During her studies at the Academy of Fine Arts in Berlin she received a scholarship for the Academy of Fine Arts in St. Petersburg. After co-founding Buechner Filmproduktion, she was an artist in residence at the Institute of Contemporary Art in Moscow, followed by post-graduate studies at the Academy of Media Arts in Cologne. A selection of her films includes: YOU'LL NEVER WALK ALONE (1996, in co-direction with Tobias Büchner), NEIGHBOURS OF THE KREMLIN (2004), TANJA ROCKS! (short, 2008), PERESTROIKA - RECONSTRUCTION OF A FLAT (2008), and FAMILY BUSINESS (2013).
Genre Society
Category Documentary
Year of Production 2008
Director Christiane Büchner
Screenplay Christiane Büchner
Cinematography Irina Uralskaja
Gesa Marten
Dietmar Bonnen, Andreas Schilling
Producer Tobias Büchner
Production Company Büchner Filmproduktion/Cologne, in co-production with WDR, MDR
Length 84 min
Original Version
 Russian
Subtitled Versions German, English
Sound Technology Dolby SR
Festivals DOK Leipzig 2008 (German Competition), Nyon 2009 (In Competition), HotDocs Toronto 2009, One World Festival Prague 2010
With backing from Film- und Medienstiftung NRW, BKM, Gerd Ruge Scholarship Fund
German Distributor Real Fiction Filmverleih/Cologne

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