in about 100 words or less
Russia/Germany/Canada/Finland 96m,, Colour
Director: Alexander Sokurov; Cast: Alexander Sokurov, Sergei Dontsov, Mariya Kuznetsova, Marksim Sergeyev, Anna Aleksakhina, Vladimir Baranov
A dreamlike historical drama, Russian Ark was filmed as a single continuous shot throughout the Winter Palace of the Hermitage Museum in St. Petersburg, Russia. The film is narrated by a ghost and his companion, a 19th century French traveller, who both observe and interact with various folk from the city’s rich historical past. A stunning technical achievement, Russian Ark captures the performances of approximately 2,000 actors and three orchestras throughout the museum (Klaus Ming December 2015).