Alexandra (image 1)

Screened as part of NZIFF 2008

Alexandra 2007

Aleksandra

Directed by Alexander Sokurov

The great Alexander Sokurov (Russian Ark, Mother and Son) has made an eloquent anti-war film in which not a shot is fired. "Dream-like... a timely and humane film." — Sight and Sound

France / Russia In Russian with English subtitles
92 minutes 35mm

Director, Screenplay

Photography

Alexander Burov

Editor

Sergei Ivanov

Music

Andrei Sigle

With

Galina Vishnevskaya
,
Vasili Shevtsov
,
Raisa Gichaeva

Festivals

Cannes, Toronto, London 2007; Rotterdam 2008

Elsewhere

The great Alexander Sokurov (Russian Ark, Mother and Son) has made an eloquent anti-war film in which not a shot is fired. Russian opera legend Galina Vishnevskaya stars as an elderly woman who makes the long journey to visit her grandson, an officer stationed among the bored, weary troops at a desolate outpost. She’s welcomed into this harsh male world with awkward tenderness and as she explores the soldiers’ grim environment she also ventures into the homes of war-weary Chechen women her own age. The minimal narrative has a simple grace. Every eerily exquisite image of the staunch old babushka as she endeavours to connect with life in this devastated landscape speaks volumes. “This dream-like visit to Grozny by a prim babushka... melts disbelief and creates an extraordinary sympathy for soldiers, Chechen civilians and bewildered Russians. The absolute opposite of docudrama, but a timely and humane film.“ — Ian Christie, Sight & Sound