Skip to main content

ALEXANDRA

Russia / France, 2006 (MIFF 2007, Jaguar International Panorama)

Director: Alexander Sokourov

ALEXANDRA

“Alexandra presents war for what it is: brutal, crushing, and ugly.” - Variety Filmmaker Alexander Sokurov (The Sun at MIFF 06, Russian Ark) casts an austere gaze over war-torn Chechnya with this simple tale of a woman who visits her grandson at his army base. Starring octogenarian Galina Vishnevskaya, “a former opera star who brings a regal bearing to this potato-fed lump of a babushka” (Village Voice), Alexandra's simple narrative is an opportunity for Sokurov to pit feminine intuition and empathy against the machine of war. There are no military battles in this film, the struggles are more to do with with the human need for emotion and tenderness. Shot in striking monochrome, Alexandra evokes the inevitable drain of humanity in war - in Chechnya or anywhere for that matter.

D/S Alexander Sokurov P Andrei Sigle WS Rezo Films L Russian w/English subtitles TD 35mm/94mins

See also...

MEN AT WORK

“Cars pull up, shovels and chain saws are procured, and madness takes over.” - Variety The action is set on a precipice high up in the Iranian mountains. Four men on their way home from a failed ... More »

BLACK SNAKE MOAN

“The creators of Hustle and Flow have another raw hit on their hands!” - Hollywood Reporter Samuel L. Jackson, Christina Ricci and Justin Timberlake headline this gritty metamorphosis of deeply ... More »

WOLFSBERGEN

“Konraad writes a letter. This is where the film begins. Eventually he will die. This is where the film ends.” - filmmaker Nanouk Leopold After the death of his wife, Konraad decides he wants to ... More »

HEARTBREAK HOTEL

'Till death us do part' could just as easily have been ‘til you reach 40. Proving that life begins at 40, Elisabeth and Gudrun are Sweden's answer to the heroines of Thelma and Louise - minus the ... More »

INLAND EMPIRE

“Screwdriver madness! Prostitutes doing The Locomotion! A sitcom starring rabbits speaking gibberish! Welcome to the very, very (very) strange world of David Lynch.” - BBC Step inside the dark ... More »

LADY CHATTERLEY

“We've got to live, no matter how many skies have fallen.” - Lady Chatterley's Lover Lady Chatterley, adapted from D.H. Lawrence's celebrated novel, tells of the awakening of a married woman who ... More »

Select a festival
Search The Film Archive
Browse By Director