Ceremony

Phil Collins

IFFR 2019

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  • 67'
  • United Kingdom
  • 2018

What is the relationship between Manchester in 2018 and the Russian Revolution of 1917? The German philosopher Friedrich Engels, who wrote the Communist Manifesto with Karl Marx, lived for years in this British industrial city. Through this founder of communist theory, artist Phil Collins investigates what remains of his ideas in today’s United Kingdom. How would Engels view the world today? And has anything changed for ‘the working poor’?

Collins not only brings Engels back to Manchester metaphorically, but also literally. We follow the journey that a statue of the philosopher makes from a Ukrainian village through Europe and back 'home'. With his visually layered Ceremony, a combination of documentary road movie and social-activist pamphlet, Collins proposes a renewed link between Manchester and the idea of communism as a radical and visionary alternative for the 'tyranny of capital' that still has a grip on our political, economic and emotional life.

Director
Phil Collins
Countries of production
United Kingdom, Germany, Ukraine
Production Year
2018
Festival Edition
IFFR 2019
Length
67'
Medium
DCP
Languages
English, German, Ukrainian
Producers
Sinisa Mitrovic, Natasha Dack Ojumu
Production Companies
Shady Lane Productions, Tigerlily Films
Sales
Shady Lane Productions
Screenplay
Phil Collins
Editor
David Charap, Andreas Dalström
Music
Mica Levi, Demdike Stare, Gruff Rhys