Five Acclaimed Films by Alexander Sokurov to be Screened

Five Acclaimed Films by Alexander Sokurov to be Screened
The Retrospective section this year at the international Film Festival of Kerala will screen five acclaimed movies directed by Russian director Alexander Sokurov.  The movies that have been picked for screening are ‘Father and Son’, ‘Faust’, ‘Francofonia’, ‘Mother and Son’, ‘Russian Ark’.

‘Father and Son’, released in 2003, portrays the life of Alkeisi, a father and his son who have lived alone for years in solitude. Realising that all sons must one day live their own lives, Alkeisi is disturbed. ‘Faust’, is based on the classic novel by Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe. ‘Francofonia’, Alexander Sokurov’s brooding, freehanded adaptation of Goethe’s great allegorical drama, narrates the history of Louvre from the Renaissance age to the last century. It explores the relationship between art and power, while depicting the life of the protagonist who stands amidst the conflicts of art and power in the mid 20th century.

‘Mother and Son’ is a touching story of a mother and her son tied in profound emotions and spiritual attachment. The film offers a variety of perspectives and perceptions to its audience. ‘Russian Ark’, a melancholic Russian drama, is a visual treat to the audience and has a single 90-minute shot included. The film silently states that 20th century, for Russia, was a disaster. The film depicts the story of a filmmaker of recent times who magically finds himself in the early 1700s.

‘The Voice of Sokurov’, biography of Sokurov directed by Leena Kilpeläinen, which looks at the breadth of the filmmaker’s achievements, will also be screened along with.

Life is monotonous, and so are films that are defined as the representations of real life. Treating films in such a manner makes them not just representations but life itself. Adapting to this concept of film making, Sokurov’s “takes” are often lengthy.

Alexander Sokurov who produced his works at the juncture of two conventional film traditions of “documentary” and “fiction”, will be bestowed with the Life Time Achievement award of the 22nd edition of IFFK.