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From Alexander Sokurov (Russian Ark) comes two shorts caught in the cross-section of painting and film. In Elegy of a Voyage (2002, 47 mins.), "a rapturous meditation haunted by moonlight and falling snow" (Th e Village Voice), Sokurov crosses vast terrain, sails the high seas, and stumbles through congested cities to arrive at the doors of the empty Boijmans Museum in Rotterdam. Only then does he discover that the goal of his voyage was to bask in the power of St. Mary's Square, a beautiful landscape by Peter Saenredam. In Hubert Robert, A Fortunate Life (1996, 26 mins.), the director meditates on the work of French romantic artist Hubert Robert, whose paintings of lost ruins evoke the same nostalgia and lyricism of Sokurov's own moody films. In Russian with optional English and Spanish subtitles.

Alexander Sokurov---Russia---2002/1996---73 mins.