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TIMEKEEPER  essay film / 2022

The writer and director of the film is preoccupied with the idea of making a film about Velimir Khlebnikov, who is perhaps the most mysterious Russian poet of the Silver Age and an equally remarkable mathematician, who believed it was possible to predict future wars. Immersed in this process she loses sleep and at some point the project seems to come to a dead end. So, the director starts writing letters to Khlebnikov, who died 100 years ago. She describes to him various scenes from the film that doesn’t exist.


A film to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the poet’s death.

"I did not sleep for what feels like eternity. One of the side effects of insomnia is: the past merges with the present, and the future seems empty. I go to bed in one place and in the morning I find myself on the other end of the world, in different places: Italia, Russia, Sahara, Kalmykia. It was here for the first time I learned the name of Velimir Khlebnikov."


Filmed in: Astrakhan, Bari, Berlin, Kalmyia, Marrakesh, Matera, Omsk, Rome, Sahara, St. Petersburg, Tangier.


Cameras: Arri Amira, Blackmagic Production 4K, Canon EOS C300, Sony Alpha 6300, DJI Drone

Support: Astrakhan Ministerium of Culture, DAAD, the State Hermitage Museum in Saint Petersburg, University of the Arts Berlin, ARRI, Sud Sound Studio Rome

© Kristina Paustian, Voices Films

Format: 2K, color

Length: 73 min

Language: English, Russian


Production Countries     

Germany, Russia, Italy


Margarita Amineva, Tamara Bogdanova, Yanna Buryak, Paolo Maria Spina, Darya Susak

Script, editing, executive production

Kristina Paustian

Director of Photography

Sarah Yona Zweig

Kristina Paustian

Yuri Tokarev

Music by

Oren Ambarchi

Founded by

The Senate Department for Culture and Europe, Elsa-Neumann-Stipend, Literarisches Colloquium Berlin (LCB) and the Robert Bosch Foundation

Technical Support


Realised at

The Künstlerhaus Lukas, Urbane Künste Ruhr in Germany

Production Companies

Voices Films, Kinokult, Mimesis, Revolver

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