Presentation of Aleksandr N. Sokurov's New Film Road Elegy
On 27 November, 2001, the Hermitage Theater hosted the Russian presentation
of Aleksandr N. Sokurov's film Road Elegy (2001). "This premiere
is an homage to the Hermitage. For me it is the most important place in
Russia," said Aleksandr N. Sokurov at the presentation.
"...Both landscapes and portraits give us insight not so much into our modern life as into the invariable generic traits of various springs of the human existence. Led by the director's will, we come to the single center. He brings us at night to a deserted museum where we scrutinize Dutch paintings of the 16th century seeing in them the fleeing warmth of life and our age-long quest desire to come back to each other. Art gives us the only chance of this continuous rotation," says Aleksandra Tuchinskaya, editor of Aleksandr N. Sokurov's site.
The film presentation was part of the Russian Ark Project launched by
Aleksandr N. Sokurov jointly with the Hermitage Bridge Studio. On 23 December,
2001, the State Hermitage will serve as a scenic ground for the film Russian
Ark (temporary title: Waterloo) dedicated to the three centuries
of the history of St. Petersburg. The ninety-minutes long feature film
will be shot at a time, without camera stops or montage.