The Stone Guest

A Film by Marina Fomenko


Каменный гость
The key figure of the Great October Socialist Revolution of 1917 in Russia was Lenin. After his death in 1924 Lenin’s image was immortalized in countless numbers of monuments in the Soviet Union and in the Soviet bloc’s countries. In her video, the artist refers to depicted in stone image of the Revolution leader based on archival materials and found footage. There is neither living nor dead Lenin in the film; only “the stone guest” become ingrained in Soviet people lives after his death. The “birth” of each new stone Lenin is accompanied by a special ritual with speeches and festivities before a vast assembly. After the collapse of the Soviet Union, the life cycle of the “stone guest” is coming to the end.


  • Picture of Marina Fomenko © Marina Fomenko

    Marina Fomenko

    Artist, director and curator based in Moscow, Russia. Participated in numerous festivals and exhibitions worldwide such as 3d, 4th, 5th, 6th, 7th Moscow Biennale of Contemporary Art (2009-2017); Bi-City Biennale, China; Media Art Biennale WRO, Poland; 35 Kassel Documentary Film and Video Festival; 20 Festival des Cinemas Differents de Paris, DOCfeed Festival, Eindhoven, the Netherlands. Nominee of Kandinsky Prize in 2010 and 2011. Nominee of The One Minutes Awards 2012, the Netherlands. Founding director and curator of International Video Art Festival Now&After.

Awards + Festivals

  • 20th FESTIVAL DES CINÉMAS DIFFÉRENTS ET EXPÉRIMENTEAUX DE PARIS (Official Selection, Paris, France)October 12, 2018
  • 18th LAUSANNE UNDERGROUND FILM & MUSIC FESTIVAL (Official Selection, Lausanne, Switzerland)October 16, 2019
  • 35th THE KASSEL DOCUMENTARY FILM AND VIDEO (Official Selection, Kassel, Germany)November 17, 2018
  • DOCfeed 2019 Festival (Official Selection, Eindhoven, The Netherlands)February 23, 2019
    4th CINALFAMA INT'L FILM AWARDS (Official Selection, Lisbon, Portugal)April 16, 2019
  • 11th ARTDOCFEST (Official Selection, Moscow, Russia)October 21, 2019
  • 1st CORTI DI LUNGA MEMORIA 2019 - LONG MEMORY SHORT FILM FESTIVAL (Official Selection, Ascoli Piceno, Italy)November 7, 2019
  • 5th PORI FILM FESTIVAL (Official Selection, City of Pori, Finland)November 27, 2019
  • 12th AMARCORT FILM FESTIVAL (Official Selection, Rimini, Italy)November 19, 2019
  • 5th PORI FILM FESTIVAL (Official Selection, City of Pori, Finland)
  • 9th FIVA INT'L VIDEO ART FESTIVAL (Official Selection, Buenos-Aires, Argentina)
    22nd FALUDI FILM FESTIVAL (Official Selection, Budapest, Hungary)November 27, 2019
  • 12th FESTIVAL CINEMA ZERO (Official Selection, Trento, Italy)November 28, 2019
  • 5th NEAR NAZARETH FESTIVAL (Official Selection, Afula, Israel)December 2, 2019
  • 2nd LE PRINCE INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL (Official Selection, Caracas, Venezuela)January 28, 2020
  • 46th INT'L FILMWEEKEND WÜRZBURG (Official Selection, Würzburg, Germany)January 30, 2020
  • 2nd REVOLUTIONS PER MINUTE FESTIVAL (Official Selection, Boston, USA)February 1, 2020
  • 5th COURTS D'UN SOIR - MONTREAL INT'L SHORT FILM FESTIVAL (Official Selection, Montreal, Quebec, Canada)April 1, 2020
  • 5th MASTER OF ART FILM FESTIVAL (Official Selection, Sofia, Bulgaria)April 9, 2020
  • 15th EXPERIMENTS IN CINEMA (Official Selection, Albuquerque, New Mexico, USA)April 14, 2020
  • 32nd FILMFEST DRESDEN (Special Program, Dresden, Germany)April 21, 2020
  • GERMAN INT'L ETHNOGRAPHIC FILM FESTIVAL 2020 (Official Selection, Göttingen, Germany)May 13, 2020
  • 15th SOLE LUNA - INT'L DOCUMENTARY FILM FESTIVAL (Official Selection, Milano, Italy)June 6, 2020
  • 16th BUSHO FILM FESTIVAL (Official Selection, Budapest, Hungary)September 1, 2020
  • 8th FESTIVAL OF NATIONS (Official Selection, Weyregg, Austria)September 24, 2020



Marina Fomenko
Marina Fomenko
Marina Fomenko
Art Direction
Marina Fomenko
Marina Fomenko
Marina Fomenko
Sound Design
Marina Fomenko
Vladimir Tarasov


Running Time
08:20 min
Shooting Format
Digital HD
Screening Format
DCP, BluRay, DVD, .mov, mp4 (HD)
Aspect Ratio
4:3, 16:9



Markus Kaatsch
aug&ohr medien
Riemannstr. 21
10961 Berlin, Germany

+49 (0)30 61620068


Marina Fomenko