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199 Ratings

The Days of Eclipse

Dni zatmeniya

Directed by Aleksandr Sokurov
Soviet Union, 1988
Drama, Sci-Fi


Days of Eclipse is filmed in a psychedelic manner close to stream of consciousness using unusual cinematographic techniques. The action is set in Middle Asia.

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The Days of Eclipse Directed by Aleksandr Sokurov

Awards & Festivals

Berlin International Film Festival

1989 | Honorable Mention: OCIC Award (Forum of New Cinema)

European Film Awards

1988 | Winner: Special Prize of the Jury

1988 | Nominee: Best Young Film

Critics reviews

Days of Eclipse is a fascinatingly oblique film, one whose “difficult” nature has not been lessened by time’s passing: it seems as modern, alienating, and UFOish as it must have in 1988, its innovations unassimiliated, and it’s must-see viewing. The question it raises in passing is how the same political intelligence could make both of these films [Days of Eclipse and Alexandra].
August 22, 2014
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Mr. Sokurov shoots the film through an alien’s eyes, pondering the strangeness of a lobster, a lizard, a little boy and a talking corpse, all while indiscriminately toggling between color and sepia-tone black and white, ground-level and overhead shots. He’s not just making something fantastical of the real world, he’s also disorienting our very perception of it through the tools of filmmaking.
August 20, 2014
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…Days of Eclipse aesthetically converges, not only with the elliptical mystery of Victor Erice’s allegorical, Franco-era film, The Spirit of the Beehive, but also with the dark humor and environmental desolation of Béla Tarr’s cinema… where human comedy is borne of a tedium and acute awareness of squandered time, and the strange, surreal, post-apocalyptic landscapes reflect the wasted potential of a myopic, destructive, self-eroding society.
August 17, 2006
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