RUSSIA, ITALY, GERMANY

MOLOCH Молох

1999 – 35mm – colore – 107’

 

Direction: Aleksandr Sokurov

Screenplay: Yury Arabov

Cinematography: Aleksey Fyodorov, Anatoli Rodionov

Editing: Leda Semenova

Set design: Sergey Kokovkin

Costumes: Lidia Kryukova

Cast: Elena Rufanova, Leonid Mozgovoi, Leonid Sokol, Elena Spiridonova, Vladimir Bogdanov, Sergey Razhuk

Producers: Victor Sergeev, Rio Saitani, Tomas Kufus

Production: Lenfilm, zero film, Fusion Product

 

SYNOPSIS

Bavarian Alps, spring 1942. In a secluded castle on a hilltop shrouded in the fog, Adolf Hitler reunites with his lover, Eva Braun. They are joined by Joseph Goebbels with his wife Magda and adviser Martin Bormann with his secretary. They spend their days here quietly, among outdoor meals, hikes in the mountains, and the mood swings of the Führer, who believes that he is seriously ill. Eva tries to reassure him, playing Wagner’s music for him and screening newsreels that celebrate the victories of the Reich. The SS watch over this group of mighty people, while someone is observing the scene from afar with a viewfinder. 

 

CRITICAL NOTE

“A central and constant element of Sokurov’s trilogy on totalitarian power is the dialectics between “body politic” and “body natural” of the king, the former of which is immortal (the king never dies), while the latter is perishable and suffering. This dialectics then shows itself through the progressive decay of the sovereign’s human body took by power. In Moloch, (…) Sokurov puts the Führer at the centre of the deep contradiction between physical condition and metaphysical demand for power. Through the use of stunning long takes, the director repeatedly shows us how physicality is what disrupts the phantasmagoria of totalitarian power, because it violates its distinctive trait: the disproportion and limitlessness of possibilities.”

(Tiziano Toracca, in Il corpo del potere – Il cinema di Aleksandr Sokurov,edited by M. Pezzella, A. Tricomi, Milan 2012)

 

 AWARDS

1999 Cannes Film Festival – Competition: Best Screenplay

1999 Sochi Open Russian FF – Competition: Grand Prize; Best Actress (Elena Rufanova)