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Alexander Sokurov : Russians love India

Lifetime Achievement Award for Alexander Sokurov


Lifetime Achievement Award for Alexander Sokurov 

Alexander Sokurov who produced his works at the juncture of two conventional film traditions of “documentary” and “fiction”, is bestowed with the Life Time Achievement award of the 22nd edition of IFFK.“I’m not a fan of cinema, Alexander Sokurov,” said the winner of the Lifetime Achievement Award, What he does is just his job, Sokurov told film critic C S Venkiteswaran in a conversation at the Nila Theatre that he loves art and literature, and that he is obsessed with the plethora of information that one can get from the museums. “I feel cleansed after a visit, all the great things there makes me humble,” Sokurov said. The world renowned Russian filmmaker revealed that Russians are keen about India all the time, and they have respect and fascination towards the country. India understands communism and socialism, Sokurov said.


Pointing out that new technology makes the job of the director easier, he said that directors shouldaccept the technological shift. A book on Sokurov authored by K. Gopinathan was also released. The first copy was handed over by Kamal, Chairman, Kerala State Chalachitra Academy, to Ramachandra Babu, cinematographer. “You can just watch a film, but you can’t just read a book” added the legendary filmmaker.

Five of his movies were screened: ‘Father and Son’, ‘Faust’, ‘Francofonia’, ‘Mother and Son’ and ‘Russian Ark’.

‘Father and Son’, released in 2003, portrays the life of Alkeisi, a father and his son who have lived alone for years in solitude. Realising that all sons must one day live their own lives, Alkeisi is disturbed. ‘Faust’, is based on the classic novel by Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe. ‘Francofonia’, Alexander Sokurov’s brooding, freehanded adaptation of Goethe’s great allegorical drama, narrates the history of Louvre from the Renaissance age to the last century. It explores the relationship between art and power, while depicting the life of the protagonist who stands amidst the conflicts of art and power in the mid 20th century.

‘Mother and Son’ is a touching story of a mother and her son tied in profound emotions and spiritual attachment. The film offers a variety of perspectives and perceptions to its audience. ‘Russian Ark’, a melancholic Russian drama, is a visual treat to the audience and has a single 90-minute shot included. The film silently states that 20th century, for Russia, was a disaster. The film depicts the story of a filmmaker of recent times who magically finds himself in the early 1700s.

‘The Voice of Sokurov’, biography of Sokurov directed by Leena Kilpeläinen, looks at the breadth of the filmmaker’s achievements.

Life is monotonous, and so are films that are defined as the representations of real life. Treating films in such a manner makes them not just representations but life itself. Adapting to this concept of film making, Sokurov’s “takes” are often lengthy