Cinematography by Sergey Yurizditskiy. "Desire" list: Aleksei Ananishnov, the son of Sokurov's most impressive film, is, in this one, a lyrical anarchic character, a solitude figure of a fable of deconstruction. Probably the most beautiful actor ever appeared in a Russian movie, in a film that surrounds him with the same mysterious cargo that the fiction is built, with an unusual allegorical physicality.
Having just recently watched Sokurov's Mother and Son, this was the perfect film to follow. The cinematography is beautiful and the film, both in terms of plot and spirit, reminded me of Tarkovsky's Nostalghia. The longing for "home", the past of U.S.S.R. hanging over everyone and everything. The daring style of Sokurov is so impressive I am hungry to discover more of his films. Highly recommended !
Interesting how Sokurov tells this Strugartsky brothers' "science fiction" story with certain depth, using simple and very ordinary visual elements, great soundtrack mix, and outstanding photo. Seems like a mash-up of accounts, but as a whole it works nicely!