TIMEKEEPER  essay film / 2022

status: mix

Timekeeper is about a filmmaker’s insomnia, who finds herself awake dreaming of her film on Velimir Khlebnikov and searching for sleep. The film is narrated by the author of the film. In an associative montage, style frames change quickly and often chaotically, accompanying her thought process.

"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

Kristina Paustian

Sarah Yona Zweig

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