The MACBA is celebrating the relationship between cinemas and museums with its showing of Russian film-maker Aleksandr Sokurov's three-part 'Military Series', which dates from the second half of the Nineties.
Soldier's Dream (1995), Spiritual Voices (1995) and Confession (1998) are the three elements in this trilogy and became part of the MACBA Collection in 2004. They are being shown here with Elegy of a Voyage (2001), generally regarded as an epilogue to 'Military Series' and shows a journey from Sibera to the Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen in Rotterdam; the film was Sokurov's first to be commissioned by a museum.
The documentaries reflect on the realities of life for soldiers and sailors in post-Soviet Russia, while they also aim to invest the on-screen action with a particular kind of 'sombre and spiritual lyricism'. They don't follow a specific narrative or lead to a climactic finish; they simply observe time on the Tajikstan-Afghan border and on board a ship in the Murmansk region as it passes, without presenting any factual information to skew the viewer's pure act of watching what happens on-screen.