„Once upon a time there were two vagabonds… no… three… No, it’s four… But there were others, many different ones… I knew them. For a long time. But with them I felt cramped. Then something happened and they disappeared. At night I could hear voices, fragments of complex questions, moans, the howl of millions of voices… An inexplicable excitement seized me…”
Fairytale, fable, parable – all are encompassed in this latest film in the great Alexander Sokurov’s tetralogy on the dictators of the 20th. Unlike the three previous narrative fictions in the series (Moloch, 1999, Taurus, 2001, and The Sun, 2005), here, Sokurov employs CGI, artificial intelligence, and deep fake technology to transport us to the darkest corners of Purgatory, where Adolf Hitler, Benito Mussolini, Joseph Stalin, and Winston Churchill dwell for all eternity, split into countless doppelgangers and instances, suspended, denied salvation. A transcendent metaphor, in which aesthetics and politics are one and the same, a condemnation of violence, war, dictatorship, imperialism, and idolatry – all the more necessary in this historical moment. (Flavia Dima, BIEFF 2022)
Alexander Sokurov – director, screenwriter, cameraman – was born in 1951. He has two degrees: in history and cinematography. His debut The Lonely Voice of a Man received the Bronze Leopard in Locarno in 1987. To date, the filmography of the director contains more than 50 works.
PRODUCERS: Nikolay Yankin, Natalia Smagina
„Once upon a time there were two vagabonds... no... three... No, it’s four... But there were others, many different ones... I knew them. For a long time. But with them I felt cramped. Then something happened and they disappeared. At night I could hear voices, fragments of complex questions, moans, the howl of millions of voices... An inexplicable excitement seized me...”
Five centuries ago, anatomist André Vésale opened up the human body to science for the first time in history. Today, De Humani Corporis Fabrica opens the human body to the cinema. It reveals that human flesh is an extraordinary landscape that exists only through the gaze and attention of others. As places of care, suffering and hope, hospitals are laboratories that connect every body in the world.