The mysterious Kaliningrad publishing house is preparing to move to Moscow. But a conflict is brewing in the leadership, and Roskomizdat is dragging its feet on documents. Discontent grows inside the team, and the long-forbidden question is asked out loud: who Glushchenko really was?
Огни Москвы / Moscow Lights is a short film shot in Kaliningrad in the summer of 2020 by Pionerskkurortfilm for the second Triennial of Contemporary Art at the Garage Museum.
The film is deeply rooted in the local context of Kaliningrad history. As a part of traditional ‘promo’, Kirill made a series of prints with archival images from the 1970s–1980s, as well as photos from the film sets. In the movie, the publishing house is located inside the ‘House of Trade Unions’. Once a beautiful modernist building with an open yard inside, beloved by the late 1980s young skaters, today it is fenced and ‘renovated’. Gone is the open ground floor. Moscow Lights itself is the name of a restaurant, which once used to be on Moscow Avenue. All actors are from the Kaliningrad Drama Theater.