SynopsisInvisible to everyone around him, a contemporary filmmaker magically finds himself in the Hermitage in St. Petersburg - back in the early 1700s! He meets a cynical French diplomat from the 19th Century and the men become accomplices in an extraordinary time-travelling journey through Russia's turbulent past - ending in the present day.
Wandering through the splendid corridors and salons of the Palace, the Marquis and the filmmaker witness astonishing scenes from the Tsarist Empire: Peter the Great thrashes his general with a whip; during rehearsals of her own play, Catherine the Great rushes around looking for a place to relieve herself; the family of the last Tsar dine together, quite oblivious to the impending revolution. And hundreds of dancers waltz at the last Great Royal Ball of 1913 - the end of an era is nigh.
As their time-voyage unfolds in a single, uncut steadicam shot, the two men engage in a passionate and amusing dispute. The Marquis clearly has a Western love-hate relationship with Russia, whereas the modern filmmaker questions his country's uneasy connection to its past and to Europe today.
It#s as if the Hermitage is the ark of the Russian soul, guarding it affectionately until the world sees better days.
- Tilman BÜTTNER - Cinematography
- Stefan CIUPEK - Film Editor
- Sergey IVANOV - Film Editor
- Betina KUNTZSCH - Film Editor
- Anatoli NIKIFOROV - Screenplay
- Alexander SOKOUROV - Screenplay
- Alexander SOKOUROV - Director
The Official Selection 2002
In Competition – Feature Films
- "L'ORA DI RELIGIONE" (IL SORRISO DI MIA MADRE)
- 24 HOUR PARTY PEOPLE
- ABOUT SCHMIDT
- ALL OR NOTHING
- BOWLING FOR COLUMBINE
- LE FILS
- MARIE-JO ET SES DEUX AMOURS
- MIES VAILLA MENNEISYYTTÄ
- O PRINCÍPIO DA INCERTEZA
- PUNCH-DRUNK LOVE
- REN XIAO YAO
- RUSSIAN ARK
- SWEET SIXTEEN
- THE PIANIST
- YADON ILAHEYYA