University of Wisconsin–Madison

Film Showing: Russian Ark (Russkiy Kovcheg)

When: November 17, 2017 7:00 pm

Where: 4070 Vilas Hall

Sokurov’s internationally celebrated tour-de-force employs an immersive point-of-view camera that takes us into the Hermitage Museum in St. Petersburg. Sokurov allows the viewer to magically travel through time and witness Catherine the Great, Czar Nicholas, and the Great Royal Ball of 1913. In a dazzling achievement, the camera travels across the Museum in a single, uninterrupted shot covering 4,265 feet of galleries, 867 actors, hundred of extras and three live orchestras. Shrewdly avoiding the October Revolution of 1917, Russian Ark provides an elegy to the past (and future) of Russian culture. This film is in Russian with English subtitles and presented by UW Cinematheque. After the screening there will be a discussion led by Maria Belodubrovskaya, Assistant Professor of Film, Department of Communication Arts, UW Madison. Click here for the Cinematheque event listing.