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Russia / Germany / France, 1998 (MIFF 1999, International Panorama)

Director: Alexander Sokurov

'Moloch' is the name generally given to a divinity worshipped by various ancient cultures. Although sources differ on the details of Moloch's abominations, this idol is most often connected to the sacrifices of children. In Milton's Paradise Lost, the name was given to Satan's strongest fighter who rallied for war against Heaven. Aleksandr Sokurov's film (winner of best Screenplay at Cannes 1999) follows Hitler through the seemingly undistinguished events of a single day: lunch, a walk in the mountains, discussions of the war effort with his henchmen Goebbels and Bormann and, most importantly, his relationship with Eva Braun. The director slowly constructs a portrait of horror; although the inhuman Fuhrer does not bear the outward appearance and terrifying visage of the entity he is being compared to, the principle lesson of the last world war, that evil lies in apparently banal actions, is made clear in a terrifying fashion.

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Diary of st petersburg - mozart.requiem

Russia, 2004
Filmed in a single take, Alexander Sokurov's remarkable [Russian Ark] captured the imaginations of film-goers everywhere. This narrator of Russian culture and spirit takes us back to St Petersburg in… More »

The Sun

Russia, Italy, Switzerland, France, 2004
“Wonderfully eccentric and fascinating.” - The New York Times ... Celebrated Russian master, Aleksandr Sokurov, continues his portraits of fading totalitarian leaders with this epic work, the thi… More »


Russia/France, 2006
“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… More »


Russia, Germany, 1997
It is the aura of delicate ambiguity that defines Mother and Son as a contemporary cinematic masterpiece. A fragile mother is dying, although if is uncertain whether she is physically ill or just res… More »


Russia, Germany, 1993
"The shape of a dark world - in both senses of the word - comes into view in slow pans which are only interrupted by cuts to a new location. We see the facades of dockland buildings, the catacomb-lik… More »

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