Invisible to everyone around him, a contemporary filmmaker magically finds himself in the Hermitage in St. Petersburgóback in the early 1700s! He meets a cynical French diplomat from the 19th century and the men become accomplices in an extraordinary time-traveling journey through Russia's turbulent pastóending in the present day. As their time-voyage unfolds in a single, unedited steadicam shot, the two men engage in a passionate and ironic dispute, while sharing their amazement at the scenes they encounter. Directed by Tarkovsky protégé Alexander Sokurov (Mother and Son). (Fully subtitled) Official Web Site

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Director: Alexander Sokurov

Cast: Sergei Dreiden, Mariya Kuznetsova, Leonid Mozgovoy, David Giorgobiani, Aleksandr Chaban, Maksim Sergeyev

MPAA Rating: NR

Run Time: 1hr 36mins

Release Year: 2002

Country Of Origin: Russia