The Sun by Alexander Sokurov (France/Italy/Russia/Switzerland, 110 min.). Sokurov’s Russian biographical film offers a mesmerizing tour of Emperor Hirohito’s final days in power during the waning moments of WWII. Hirohito wanders through his palace in denial, but reality soon intrudes, as American soldiers overrun his gardens and nightmare visions of Hiroshima invade his dreams. The Sun is an elegantly constructed meditation on absolute power and how it dissipates the man who wields it. In English and Japanese with English subtitles.
Co-presented by the Ballets Russes Cultural Partnership.