Director Nadia Paran
Producer Illia Gladshtein
Documentary, Ukraine, 2019, 62`
World premiere at Vision du Reel 2019
Music is born out of the crumbling central heating system of Ukraine, as a team of devoted pipe-fitters rush from home to home to tame hot fountains and … to sing!
TeploKomunEnergo is a municipal heating company in a provincial Ukrainian town. Most of its workers are of the same age as the company. Five days per week they have to deal with fountaining radiators, flooded basements, and angry clients. Among other official duties, every Wednesday they come together to a recital room and sing in a TeploKomunEnergo union choir.
This is a story about a central heating system as a symbol of modern Ukraine. It explores how outdated social structures do not fit into the modern economy, but, paradoxically, continue to function. Traces of working-class culture and human warmth serve as a survival mechanism in the times of transition.