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Russian Ark

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Original title
Russkiy kovcheg (Russian Ark)
Running time
96 min.
Russia Russia
Aleksandr Sokurov, Boris Khaimsky, Anatoli Nikiforov, Svetlana Proskurina
Sergei Yevtushenko
Tilman Büttner
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Co-production Russia-Germany; Hermitage Bridge Studio / WDR/Arte / NHK / Séville Pictures / Fora Film / Koppmedia / Beauftragter der Bundesregierung für Angelegenheiten der Kultur und der Medien / Mitteldeutsche Medienförderung / Ministry of Culture of the Russian Federation / Danmarks Radio / YLE TV1 / Filmboard Berlin-Brandenburg / Egoli Tossell Film / Mariinsky Theatre / Filmförderung Hamburg
Drama | Historical. 18th Century. 19th Century
Synopsis / Plot
Russian master Alexander Sokurov has tapped into the very flow of history itself for this flabbergasting film. Thanks to the miracles of digital video, Sokurov (and cinematographer Tilman Buttner) uses a single, unbroken, 90-minute shot to wind his way through the Hermitage in St. Petersburg--the repository of Russian art and the former home to royalty. Gliding through time, we glimpse Catherine II, modern-day museumgoers, and the doomed family of Nicholas II. History collapses on itself, as the opulence of the past and the horrors of the 20th century collide, and each door that opens onto yet another breathtaking gallery is another century to be heard from. The movie climaxes with a grand ball and thousands of extras, prompting thoughts of just how crazy Sokurov had to be to try a technical challenge like this--and how far a distance we've traveled, both physically and spiritually, since the movie began.
2002: Cannes Film Festival: Nominated for Palme d'Or (Best Film)
2002: European Film Awards: 2 nominations: Best Director & Best Cinematography
2002: Sitges Film Festival: Official Selection
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