CULTURE

Aleksandr Sokurov in the capital to attend premiere of ‘The Sun’

Aleksandr Sokurov’s «Russian Ark» was one of the most surprising box-office hits in Greece a couple of years ago. Despite its highly stylized character – the entire film involved a single long shot – it won over Greek art-house film buffs and cut a large number of tickets. At the time, the Russian filmmaker – who has won awards at Cannes with his films «Molokh» in 1999 and «Father and Son» in 2003 – had to cancel his scheduled visit to Greece due to health problems. Now, though, as his new film «The Sun» opens today at theaters across the country, the distribution company New Star has invited the celebrated director for a press presentation today at noon, among other activities including attending the official premiere of the film at the Apollon film theater tonight. In «The Sun,» Sokurov turns to the Japanese Emperor Hirohito in the days just after the bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki, when he is called upon to give an account of himself to US General Douglas MacArthur. With this film, Sokurov brings to a close his trilogy on 20th century despots, which began with «Molokh,» about Hitler, and «Taurus» (2002), about Lenin. Master class On Saturday at noon, Sokurov will also meet with young Greek filmmakers and industry professionals for a master class at the Aphaia New Star Art Cinema at 96 Dimosthenous Street in Kallithea. The number of seats for this event are limited, so members of the public who are interested in attending should secure a place in advance, on tel 210.951.2991 or 210.951.2981.