Film premiere: Eurasia (Questions on Happiness)


From 31 August 2020




Garage Screen summer cinema
Film premiere: Eurasia (Questions on Happiness)Film premiere: Eurasia (Questions on Happiness)


A plunge into the mental and political space of Eurasia, undertaken by the Amsterdam-based artists Metahaven. In this video work, abiding mainly as an installation, Metahaven studies the mechanisms of ideological production in relation to language, space, and cognition. The film is part of Inventing the Future—a program of special screenings within the 1st New Holland Island International Debut Film Festival.

After the screening, there will be a discussion featuring political theorist Ilya Budraytskis and artist and curator Nikolay Smirnov. The discussion will be moderated by the film critic and Program Director at New Holland Island International Debut Film Festival Alexey Artamonov. 

Assembling cinematic sequences shot in the Southeastern Urals and Macedonia, archival footage, and animation, Eurasia (Questions on Happiness) sets forth on a journey towards the Eurasian steppe where it meets the New Silk Road. Imagining a fractured continent in the thrall of self-learning data sites that trigger world events, the film confronts various forms of hoax, from cut and paste political doctrines to neo-classical facade architectures. Through modes of science fiction, documentary, and folk tale, Eurasia creates an immersion within layers of media production, wrapping facts in fiction, and fiction in facts.

The screening is in Russian, French, Chinese, Macedonian, English, and German with Russian and English subtitles.

Eurasia (Questions on Happiness)
Dir. Metahaven
Netherlands, 2018. 64 min. 0+


Ilya Budraytskis is a historian, activist, political theorist, publicist.

Nikolay Smirnov is an artist, curator, geographer, and researcher.


Alexey Artamonov is a film critic, Program Director at New Holland Island International Debut Film Festival.


New Holland Island International Debut Film Festival is a platform for new and daring cinema whose mission is to support original creative expression and to amplify new voices internationally. The festival was established in 2019 in St. Petersburg. It was marked by a large-scale three-day preview, during which over 50,000 people visited New Holland Island. The president of the festival is Alexander Rodnyansky, the program director is Alexey Artamonov, and Andrey Kartashov is the curator of the short competition. The festival is organized by the team of the New Holland: Cultural Urbanization project.


Standard: 350 rubles
Student: 250 rubles*


GARAGE cardholders: 175 RUB.

Tickets for seniors, veterans, large families, under 18s, and visitors with disabilities (with one carer): 175 RUB**

We recommend that you buy tickets in advance. All ticket categories are available online.

* Students aged 18–25 on production of relevant ID
** Please show proof of eligibility at the cinema entrance