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Russian Ark

by Alexander Sokurov
Russia, Germany 2002, 96′
Presented at Lo schermo dell’arte 2015, 8th Edition
SCREENPLAY: Aleksandr Sokurov, Anatoli Nikiforov, Boris Khaimsky, Svetlana Proskurina
PHOTOGRAPHY: Tilman Büttner
EDITING: Stefan Ciupek, Sergej Ivanov, Betina Kuntzsch
MUSIC: Sergei Yevtushenko
PRODUCER: Andrey Deryabin, Jens Meurer, Karsten Stöter
The TV camera takes the spectator on a journey through time and the artworks collected in the Hermitage Museum in St. Petersburg. The guide is an 18th century French diplomat. An extraordinary production (a cast of 4.500 actors and crowd-scene players, 3 orchestras, 22 assistant directors, 50 electricians), the film consists of a single tracking digital shot. Through the Palace’s salons, halls and chambers, the visitors encounter the people who once lived there, Peter the Great, Catherine II, Nicholas II, last of the Romanovs, and the tourists of our time.