Three notable German DJs and three Russian DJs are sent out by the Goethe Institute in order to bring the export good of techno music to Novosibirsk. So the young men equip their record cases and board the Transsiberian Railroad, hoping for some musical inspiration on the lengthy journey. The result is a sometimes amusing, sometimes surprising piece of Russian-German cultural exchange. The small community first has to get to known each other by way of vodka, the clattering of the rails and tinkering some beats, before they can collectively confront the technical problems, the luscious dancers and the muddy Siberian winter they are about to encounter. Following the cue of the musical style, directors Henning Drechsler and Tobias Linsel at first gives here documentary a handheld, shaky feel: it’s loud and cramped and quite a chaotic clutter of voices and moods, until a techno music track can be singled out of the improvized sound recordings. This track then follows a stirring, entertaining film about music that can transcend borders.
Selected filmography Henning Drechsler
WEIHNACHTEN (2002), DURCHFAHRTSLAND (2005), SECHSERPACK (2006), SPIELVERDERBER (2007), SOKO KÖLN (2008), ALLAH IN EHRENFELD - DER BAU DER KÖLNER MOSCHEE (2010)