Элегия дороги

France, Russia, The Netherlands


A man is inspired by a force greater than himself, and he embarks alone on a voyage. He crosses vast snow-covered spaces, boundaries and a sea to arrive in a foreign country. He chronicles in detail what he sees, those he meets - all that lights his path. In highly-industrialized regions (Germany, Holland), he is carried away into a stream of traffic. He eventually arrives at the doors of a palace that seems almost abandoned. He enters the empty Boijmans Museum of Rotterdam. In the moonlight, he discovers the goal of his voyage is Peter Saenredam's painting « St. Mary's Square ». To his surprise, he himself may have been present when the portrait was painted in 17th Century.

Cast & Crew

Directed by: Alexander Sokourov

Cinematography: Aleksandr Degtyarev

Editing: Sergey Ivanov

Nominations and Awards

  • European Documentary 2001