In the last edition of the Venice International Film Festival Aleksandr Sokurov won the Golden Lion award for his film Faust, 2011. Accused of practising an aesthetically indulgent cinema, Sokurov’s fans regard his works as indispensable for understanding the complexity of post-Soviet Russia. Unanimously acclaimed for the Russian Ark, 2002, Sokurov’s filmography has maintained a productive relation with European painting.

Aleksandr Sokurov (Podorvikha, Siberia, 1951) belongs to a typology of filmmakers who have advocated the presence of cinema in museums.
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