The 28th Auteur Film Festival from 25 November till 2 December
Aleksandr Sokurov Winner of Auteur Film Festival’s Lifetime Achievement Award
“View of the World: Vojislav Vučinić”
Aleksandr Sokurov, one of the most significant directors in world cinema, is the winner of the Auteur Film Festival’s “View of the World: Vojislav Vučinić” Award, which is presented for an entire contribution to the art of cinema and for furthering the notion of cinema as an auteur’s personal creative act. For the first time in the festival’s history, this award will be presented to a foreign laureate.
The lifetime achievement award, which has been presented to our most important filmmakers, such as Puriša Đorđević, Želimir Žilnik, Goran Marković, this year carries the name of Vojislav Vučinić, the founder and first director of the festival.
This significant award will be presented to Aleksandr Sokurov prior to the screening of his film Fairytale in mts Dvorana on Monday 28 November at 7 pm.
Srđan Vučinić, the artistic director of the Auteur Film Festival looks back on the great Russian director’s work:
“Without any hesitation or calculation, Aleksandr Sokurov’s films aim to dive into a space on the other side of wakefulness. Sokurov’s works – from chamber dramas such as The Second Circle (1990) and The Stone (1992) to the spectacles such as Russian Ark (2002) and Faust (2011), or to the complex multimedia experiments such as Francofonia (2015) and Fairytale (2022) – continually strive to expand and deepen and, finally, step out of the narrowed field of reality which rationalism and enlightenment prescribed to modern man two and a half centuries ago. This director’s films can barely be retold in a few scanty sentences or even remain inaccessible to any retelling.
“Aleksandr Sokurov ranks among the very rare artists who do not follow any kind of fashion, who reject the influence of any new current or “trend”. He entirely and solely follows, I would say, Bergman’s commandment to a filmmaker: you will always obey your inner voice”, concluded Vučinić.
Aleksandr Sokurov is a director, screenwriter, cinematographer, film theorist, and art historian by vocation. He has directed numerous cult films, including Russian Ark, The Lonely Voice of Man, Days of Eclipse, Mother and Son, Father and Son, Moloch, Taurus, The Sun, Alexandra, Faust, Francofonia.
This year’s Auteur Film Festival will screen Sokurov’s film Fairytale, which follows the conversations of Adolf Hitler, Benito Mussolini, Joseph Stalin, and Winston Churchill in purgatory, using archive footage and deep-fake technology, while also showing Jesus and Napoleon.
The Auteur Film Festival will be held from 25 November till 2 December at several venues in Belgrade: mts Dvorana, the Cultural Centre of Belgrade, Belgrade Youth Centre, cinema Fontana, Yugoslav Film Archive, Students’ City Cultural Centre and Cine Grand Rakovica.
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