Out of the present
Out of the present
Germany| 1995 | DCP| Color | 96 min | Andrei Ujica
SUNDAY 6 | CINETECA NACIONAL SALA 9 | 19:00 HRS | 96 MIN (Q&A with Director)
Director: Andrei Ujica
Screenplay: Andrei Ujica
Producer: Elke Peters
Cinematography:Vadim Yusov, Los Astronautas
Editing: R. Henninger, H. Leihbecher, S. Ivanova
Sound: Frank Meyer, Christian Heinemann
Production Company: Bremer Institut Film Fernsehen
Cast: Anatoli Arzebarski Sergei Krikalev Helen Sharman Aleksandr Volkov
Out of the Present points to the sky and continues long, in order to address the MIR space station and portray the collapse of the Soviet Union from well above; through the figure of the cosmonaut Sergei Krikalev, who remained in orbit throughout the conflict.
The impressive thing of the film Ujica is not simply the use of archival material, or the power of their own images (for which was launched into orbit with a 35mm camera, for the first time in history), or their social background, but the fusion of all that through a montage that -by deceptive lightness - appears to have been conducted in conditions of zero gravity.
Born in 1951 in Timisoara, Romania.
With a background in literature, Ujica decides in 1990 to devote himself to cinema and
creates Videograms of a Revolution (1992), co-directed with Harun Farocki, which
becomes a landmark film on the relationship between political power and the media in
Europe at the end of the Cold War.
His second film, Out of the Present (1995), tells the story of cosmonaut Sergei Krikalev, who spent ten months aboard the space station Mir, while on earth, the Soviet Union ceased to exist. Out of the Present has been compared to such emblematic titles in film history as 2001: A Space Odyssey or Solaris, and is famous for being one of the most recognized non-fictional films of the 90s. The Autobiography of Nicolae Ceaușescu (2010), widely regarded as a monumental achievement, concludes
his trilogy dedicated to the end of communism.
Andrei Ujica also made two commissioned works for Fondation Cartier pour l`art
contemporain: 2 Pasolini (short, 2000) and Unknown Quantity, with Paul Virilio and
Svetlana Alexievitch (installation 2002, screen version 2005).
Rotterdam Film Festival. Out of Competition. 1996, The Netherlands