In this film, the artistic transformation of the objects of reality reaches the pinnacle of the author’s alteration of this reality. The author’s thoughts and words anticipate the appearance of visual images crystallised from flickering impressions of reality, composed in a manner that is eloquent yet austere, fantastic yet truthful.
In this voyage the names of people and places are alienated: this unfettered dream, a dream about the infinitude of space and time, needs no frontiers or passports.
Images of the native land: an altar in a church where a baby is being baptised, surrounded by sombre faces, the familiar landscapes of “abandoned homeland”, the frontier zone – are succeeded by other images: by the glittering lights of a western town at night, by the portrait of a young man, speaking a foreign language and retaining his smile even at a sad recollection.
Neither these landscapes nor these portraits convey distinctive marks of today’s life, but rather the unchanging generic features of various sources of human existence. Only the director’s will leads us to the point of convergence. When, following him through deserted rooms of a museum at night, in old 16th century Dutch paintings we discern and recognise the elusive warmth of life and our eternal yearning for a voyage – so that we may return – to one another. For art alone can give us the unique chance to take part in this cycle.
Alexandra Tuchinskaya English translation by Anna Shoulgat and Nora Hoppe
Extras also include:
booklets in english, spanish and french;
interviews of 3 minutes each, where Sokurov talks about cinema and painting, the old painting masters and the movie soundtrack.
626MB | 47m 20s | 640×464 | avi
Subtitles:English, Italian, spanish and french sub+idx (movie and extras)