Premiere: Danton's Death


From 2 September 2020




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Premiere: Danton's DeathPremiere: Danton's Death


The first feature-length film by the stage director Andrey Stadnikov, who transfers the methods of avant-garde theater to contemporary cinema. Strangely enough, the action of Georg Büchner's eponymous classic play unfolds in present-day Russia, which is still haunted by the specter of revolution and the accursed questions associated with it. The international premiere of the film is being held within the framework of the Made in Russia special program of the New Holland Island International Debut Film Festival. It will be followed by a Q&A with the director.

The debut feature of a young Russian playwright and theatre director tells the story of the final days of the Dantonists, who represented the right-wing of the Jacobins during the French Revolution. The figure of Danton, one of the founding fathers of the First French Republic and its brightest tribune, drew support from among those dissatisfied with the policy of the revolutionary dictatorship and advocated the mitigation of terror. All of them were brought before the Revolutionary Tribunal and executed.

Andrey Stadnikov's experimental work loosely references the eponymous play by Georg Büchner, which in many ways foreshadowed the documentary theatre of the twentieth century, and draws bold parallels with modernity. The film focuses on the relationship between Danton and Robespierre and the problems of revolutionary violence and justice, questioning why the revolution never fails to devour its children.

Danton's Death
Dir. Andrey Stadnikov
Russia, 2020. 95 min. 18+


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