Russia, Germany, Japan, Canada , Finland, Denmark
The screen format, cinematography — everything depends on the scissors, on the knife. Editors and producers accumulate, then edit using time according to their own whims. And I wanted to try and fit myself into the very flowing of time, without remaking it according to my wishes. I wanted to try and have a natural collaboration with time, to live that one and a half hours as if it were merely breathing in... and out. That was the ultimate, the sole artistic task...
Before this, nobody had every tried it. In order to make a film in a single breath the many different components within the whole concept have to be in accord with each other, all the different parts have to be linked together, and each must flow from the previous part... one has to grow a tree, as it were. Whenever I'm working on a film I seek to grow a tree. Not a bush, but a tree. That is the principle which has guided me through many years in the cinema...
In 1995 he was declared one of the best international directors by the European Academy of Cinema.
Winner of the International Vatican Prize "Third Millennium" (1998, for the development of humanist ideal in cinematic art).
Feature Film Filmography:
2002 RUSSIAN ARK
1996 MOTHER AND SON
1993 WHISPERING PAGES
1990 THE SECOND CIRCLE
1989 SAVE AND PROTECT
1988 DAYS OF ECLIPSE
1983 PAINFUL INDIFFERENTE
1980 THE DEGRADED
1978 A LONELY VOICE OF MAN
Cast & Crew
Directed by: Alexander Sokurov
Written by: Alexander Sokurov, Anatoli Nikiforov
Produced by: Jens Meurer, Karsten Stöter, Andrey Deryabin
Cinematography: Tilman Büttner, Tilman Büttner
Costume Design: Lidiya Kryukova, Tamara Seferyan, Maria Grishanova
Make-Up & Hair: Zhanna Rodionova, Lyudmila Kozinets
Original Score: Sergei Yevtushenko
Sound Design: Vladimir Persov, Sergey Moshkov
Main Cast: Mariya Kuznetsova (Catherine The Great), Oleg Khmelnitsky (Himself ), Leonid Mozgovoy (The Spy), Alla Osipenko (Herself ), Mikhail Piotrovsky (Himself (Hermitage Director) ), Artyom Strelnikov (Talented Boy), David Giorgobiani (Orbeli ), Tamara Kurenkova (Herself (Blind Woman)), Maksim Sergeev (Peter the Great), Natalya Nikulenko (Catherine the Great), Sergey Dreyden (The Stranger), Aleksandr Chaban (Boris Piotrovsky), Lev Eliseev (Himself)
Nominations and Awards
- European Director 2002
- European Cinematographer – Prix Carlo Di Palma 2002
- Feature Film Selection 2002