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Aleksandr Sokurov

Highest Rated:   100% Whispering Pages (1993)
Lowest Rated:   63% Faust (2013)
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Birthplace:   Podorvikha, Soviet Union (now Russia)
One of the most important directors in both Russian and world cinema, Alexander Sokurov is considered by many to be the spiritual heir of the great Andrei Tarkovsky. Sokurov -- who has enjoyed a long creative relationship with Tarkovsky -- has discounted such comparisons, but certain similarities between their works remain indelible: a predilection towards very long takes, natural performances by their actors, and an almost otherworldly use of natural sounds and music. And, perhaps most important, both directors are concerned with the essential questions of human existence and the state of the human spirit.Born June 14, 1951 in Podorvikha, a village in Russia's Irkutsk region, Sokurov was the son of a World War II veteran. His family moved around a good deal while Sokurov was growing up, and after finishing high school, he went to Gorki, Russia's third largest city. There, he attended Gorki University and began to work as an assistant television director when he was 19. He continued to direct television programs for the Gorki station until 1975, and during this time he became part of the university's history faculty. After completing his tenure with the station, Sokurov went to Moscow, where he was accepted at the prestigious State Film School, VGIK. Sokurov enjoyed a measure of success at VGIK, receiving mentoring from Alexander Zguridi and earning a prestigious Eisenstein stipend for his work. It was during this time that he met Tarkovsky, who took an interest in what the young filmmaker was doing. After taking his diploma in 1979, Sokurov -- under Tarkovsky's recommendation -- began working for Leningrad's Lenfilm Studio (Russia's second-largest film studio), where he made a number of documentaries. Two years earlier, in 1978, Sokurov had made his first feature-length film, Odinoky Golos Cheloveka (A Lonely Human Voice), but it was not released until 1987, after the onset of perestroika. Indeed, most of Sokurov's early films received a negative response from Leningrad's party executives, and his work was not really visible to an international audience before the late '80s. A Lonely Human Voice, his first released film, was greeted with a measure of international acclaim, winning a Bronze Leopard at the Locarno Film Festival. A somewhat tragic love story based upon the writings of Andrei Platonov, it had been made into the 1983 Maria's Lovers by Andrei Konchalovsky, who neglected to mention Platonov in the film's credits.The same year that Voice was released, Sokurov made Skorbnoye Beschuvstviye (Heartless Grief), an experimental film inspired by George Bernard Shaw's Heartbreak House and by the life of the playwright himself. The film, with its disturbing look at the more base preoccupations of a culturally erudite family, further established its director as one of the more dynamic and original voices in international cinema. His two 1989 films, Spasi i Sokhrani and Dni Zatmeniya (Days of Eclipse) had a similar effect. The former a radical retelling of Madame Bovary and the latter a bleak look at human pain, they impressed audiences with both their poetic imagery and uncompromising view of the more miserable aspects of the human condition.The oppression of the human spirit figured largely in Sokurov's next three films, a trilogy beginning with Krug Vtoroy (The Second Circle) (1990). The film, which examined the absence of connections between people and the artificial insertion of once-vital rituals into contemporary everyday life, was followed by Kamen (The Stone) in 1992, and Tikhiye Stranitsy (Whispering Pages) in 1994. Three years later, Sokurov made one of his most acclaimed films to date, Mat i Syn (Mother and Son). A 75-minute portrait of the relationship between a grown man and his terminally ill mother on the last day of her life, the film stunned viewers with its intensity and somber beauty. A deeply symbolic meditation on life, death, and spirituality, it was given added depth and an artistic feel by Sokurov's use

Highest Rated Movies

Filmography

MOVIES

RATING TITLE CREDIT BOX OFFICE YEAR
85% Francofonia
  • Actor
  • Screenwriter
  • Director
$0.3M 2016
63% Faust
  • Screenwriter
$37.2k 2013
No Score Yet Elegiya zhizni. Rostropovich. Vishnevskaya.
  • Director
  • Actor
  • Screenwriter
2013
No Score Yet Chitaem 'Blokadnuyu knigu' (Reading Book of Blockade)
  • Director
2011
No Score Yet Il nous faut du bonheur (We Need Happiness)
  • Director
2011
No Score Yet Peterburgskiy dnevnik. Otkritie pamyatnika Dostoeskomu (The Diary of St. Petersburg: Inauguration of the Monument to Dostoevsky)
  • Screenwriter
  • Director
  • Actor
2011
80% The Story Of Film: An Odyssey
  • Actor
2011
No Score Yet Vostochnaya elegiya (Eastern Elegy)
  • Director
  • Actor
2011
89% Alexandra
  • Director
2007
No Score Yet Elegy of Life: Rostropovich, Vishnevskaya
  • Actor
  • Director
  • Screenwriter
2006
92% Solntse (The Sun)
  • Director
$46.9k 2005
70% Father and Son
  • Director
2004
No Score Yet Moloch
  • Director
2004
89% Russian Ark
  • Narrator
  • Director
  • Screenwriter
$37.9k 2002
No Score Yet Dni Zatmeniya (The Days of Eclipse)
  • Director
2001
No Score Yet Telets (Taurus)
  • Director
2001
No Score Yet Elegiya dorogi (Elegy of a Voyage )
  • Actor
  • Director
2001
No Score Yet Moscow Elegy (Moskovskaya elegiya)
  • Director
  • Actor
2000
No Score Yet The Dialogues with Solzhenitsyn
  • Director
2000
No Score Yet Moloch (Molokh)
  • Director
1999
No Score Yet Dolce
  • Director
1999
86% Mother and Son
  • Director
1998
No Score Yet Confession
  • Director
1998
No Score Yet A Humble Life
  • Director
1997
No Score Yet Robert. Schastlivanya zhizn (Robert: A Fortunate Life)
  • Actor
  • Director
1996
No Score Yet Spiritual Voices
  • Director
1995
100% Whispering Pages
  • Screenwriter
  • Director
1993
No Score Yet An Elegy From Russia
  • Director
1993
No Score Yet Stone (Kamen)
  • Director
1992
No Score Yet An Example Of Intonation
  • Director
1991
No Score Yet Krug Vtoroy (The Second Circle)
  • Director
1990
No Score Yet Spasi i sokhrani (Save and Protect) (Madame Bovary)
  • Director
1990
No Score Yet Soviet Elegy
  • Director
1989
No Score Yet Altovaya sonata. Dmitriy Shostakovich
  • Director
1988
No Score Yet And Nothing More
  • Director
1987
No Score Yet Mournful Indifference
  • Director
1987
No Score Yet The Lonely Voice Of Man
  • Director
1987
No Score Yet Mournful Unconcern (Skorbnoye beschuvstviye)
  • Director
1987
No Score Yet Dmitri Shostakovich: Sonata For Viola
  • Director
1986
No Score Yet Sonata for Viola (Dmitri Schostakowitsch Altowaja Sonata)
  • Actor
  • Director
1981
No Score Yet Elegy of the Land
  • Director
1977
No Score Yet Robert. Schastlivaya zhizn (Robert. A Fortunate Life)
  • Actor
  • Director
  • Screenwriter

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