Narrative Feature


Green Hills Cinema - Theater 3 Sun, Apr 20, 2008 12:00 PM


Russia 2007, 92 min.

In Russian with English subtitles

DIR/SCR Alexandr Sokurov PROD Andrey Sigle CAM Alexander Burov ED Sergey Ivanov MUSIC Andrey Sigle CAST Galina Vishnevskaya, Vasily Shevstov, Raisa Gichaeva, Andrei Bogdanov

Alexandra is new film from the great Alexandr Sokurov, director of Russian Ark and The Son (NaFF 2006). An elderly woman (played by Russian opera legend Galina Vishnevskaya) has come to see her beloved grandson, a young army officer stationed at a military base in Chechnya. Under the watchful eyes of the young soldiers, she becomes acquainted with the routines of military life and makes a revealing trip into the outlying countryside. Without a single shot fired, Alexandra powerfully depicts the toll the Chechen War has taken on the lives of both the Russian and Chechen people. "[An] enthralling story ... Through discreetly observed scenes, some tender (Alexandra gazing at her grandson's dirty, battered, naked feet) and some trembling with violence, Sokurov evokes a history of a people at war with others and with their own national identity ... Mr. Sokurov [is] among the most fascinating filmmakers working today." - Manohla Dargis, The New York Times

Preceded by Water (Voda)  (Gabriela Ilijeska, USA 2007, 10 min.). Secluded in a desolate village, a woman slowly perishes while hoping and praying to see her family one last time before she dies.


Ryan Krivoshey

The Cinema Guild