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Aero Theatre | Pre-recorded Q&A with filmmaker Aleksandr Sokurov
Rare 35mm prints!
‘Bleak Week: Cinema of Despair – Year Two’
Home / Now Showing / MOTHER AND SON / THE SECOND CIRCLE
MOTHER AND SON, 1997, Aleksandr Sokurov , 73 Minutes, Tamasa, Russia
In Russian with English subtitles
Equal parts breathtakingly beautiful and relentlessly sad, Aleksandr Sokurov’s poetic masterpiece follows the final moments shared between loving mother and son. A visual experience of the loneliness and heartfelt emotion of the pair, the film explores themes of life and death in a harsh world that offers little comfort.
THE SECOND CIRCLE, 1990, Aleksandr Sokurov, 92 Minutes, Russia
In a remote Siberian village, an anonymous young man emerges from a blizzard to claim his late father’s body. Navigating the detritus of an old man’s final friendless decade and the dehumanizing maze of red tape that are his father’s sole legacy, the boy inadvertently picks through the debris of unraveled family ties and confronts the yawning gap between alienated Soviet generations. Scorned and ignored, his labor of mourning becomes as transformative as the labor of birth. “I’ll burn everything, but not my father,” the young man warns a funeral director. As he finds himself in his father’s lifeless eyes, the reluctant young pilgrim discovers that they have more in common in death than they did in life.
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