Russia / 2020 / Russian / 89 minutes / DCP / Colour
Perhaps the only Russian Opera stop-motion animation in existence, Khrzhanovsky’s multimedia collage has been more than fifty years in the making. What evolves is a meta-textural epic incorporating drawings, cutouts, live-action, and newsreel-style photography. Our journey begins aboard a flight to St. Petersburg, populated by various luminaries of Russia’s film and theatre scene, but their journey transports Gogol and his fellow passengers back in time to the 1820s. Jury Prize, Annecy.