MY HOMELAND, WINDY SPACE… (RILKE AND RUSSIA)

Scriptwriter and director – Anastasia Aleksandrova

The documentary "Rilke and Russia" is an attempt to understand the contemporary world of Russia by following in the footsteps of Rainer Maria Rilke and Louis Andreas Salome’s journey to the country in 1900. It is a sort of experiment, which successfully combines unique archive material with an original approach to visual and audio solutions as well as the search for a new poetic language in cinematography. In modern Western culture it is difficult to find an artist whose feelings to Russia would be so deep, touching and tender as those of Rainer Maria Rilke, the great German poet of the late nineteenth–early twentieth century. Rilke’s acquaintance with Russia and Moscow – the first Russian city he visited – happened on the eve of the great feast of Easter and made a genuine spiritual impression on him. Rilke called Russia "a spiritual home". This is what the poet wrote about Russia in the sunset of his days: " ... it made me what I am now; my soul is there, the birthplace of my feelings, my home is there"

Russia, Germany, documentary, 80 min.

DOP – Valentine Eshpay

Editor – Boris Mnuhin

Producer – Liza Antonova

 

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