2008. Russia. Alexey German, Jr.. 118 min.
Tuesday, March 31, 2009, 9:00 p.m.
The Walter Reade Theater at Lincoln Center
2008. Russia. Directed by Alexey German, Jr.. Definitely not a documentary, this fanciful, impressionistic story of the early days of the Soviet space program is part drama and part essay writ large. Danya, a doctor working with the young cosmonauts, is troubled by recurring nightmares. And why not? In addition to the space cadets, he's got his wife, his girlfriend, and the Soviet liberal experiment of the 1960s to worry about. Director Alexey German, Jr., looks back at a lost time while paying homage to classic Russian cinema, the plays of Anton Chekhov, and the era of Khrushchev. Against strikingly barren yet beautiful landscapes that are practically characters in their own right, Danya and his fellow liberal intellectuals debate the meaning of life in a new era. 118 min.