Created for celebrated German electronic artist Paul Kalkbrenner, Part Twelve from Russia born Writer/Director Taisia Deeva opens with the final breath of the leader of a patriarchal totalitarian community. It’s an action which frees his male followers while simultaneously condemning the community’s women to faithfully embark on a darker journey. Very much taken with this skilfully crafted warning about the dangers of blind faith and unquestioning obedience for a track which wasn’t originally a contender for a music video, we asked Deeva to tell us how patience and an inspired crew brought the Kiev-shot project to life.

Paul’s music evokes refreshing images. The first time I listened to the track I had a vision of this tribe that is performing some kind of ritualistic routine in which I felt there was both pleasure and pain. I saw this little girl among the group that was not very enthusiastic to do what everyone was doing and would find a way to disobey.

It was very important to shoot the video in such a way that there would not be any indication of time, place, religion, etc.

Though after the second listen the whole story unfolded in front of my eyes, my team and I had quite a lot time to think through all the details as we had to wait for more than half a year for the right weather. For us, it was very important to shoot the video in such a way that there would not be any indication of time, place, religion, etc. I think that we’ve managed to realise that as different people guess absolutely different things depending on their nationality and background.

We had about 2 weeks of continuous pre-production, 2 days of shooting and 10 days for the post-production. Shooting in Kiev was an absolute pleasure as the city is so rich with talented people.

I was very lucky to have many people next to me who were really moved by the story and wanted to contribute their talent. That’s when filmmaking becomes something really special for me – when the whole team is inspired and creates this unique world together in which the story can ripen and the characters can come to life.

Part Twelve is one of the many great projects shared with the Directors Notes Programmers through our submissions process. If you’d like to join them submit your film.

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