Russian Ark by Aleksandr Sokurov (Russia, 2002, 96 mins.). A 19th century French aristocrat, notorious for his scathing memoirs about life in Russia, travels through the Russian State Hermitage Museum and encounters historical figures from the past 200 years. This groundbreaking film has won numerous awards and was nominated for the Palm d’Or at the Cannes Film Festival. Remarkably, the film floats the viewer through 33 rooms of the museum using a single long camera shot, uninterrupted by cuts and editing. Despite this unusual format, Sokurov manages to weave a coherent and riveting narrative. The ambitious production features a cast of over 2,000 actors and three orchestras.

To complete the experience, don’t miss Sokurov’s newest film, Francofonia, which delves into the rich history of the Louvre museum in Paris. Playing April 21-May 8.

Co-presented with the Ballets Russes Arts Initiative.