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Moloch

An ominous fortress high above the clouds ... A woman alone prances in the nude on its majestic terraces. She knows she is under surveillance, and waves randomly to spying telescopic eyes. ...Still restless, she passes time in the Fuehrer's study. She fondles his belongings and tries to amuse herself to his preferred music. When her beloved "Adi" finally arrives, there is no romantic scene of tender embraces. Eva is greeted as a mere member of his summer household staff. At least the isolated retreat's monotonous calm, which Eva must endure day after day, is broken by the Fuehrer and his entourage - right-hand man Martin Bormann and propaganda specialist Joseph Goebbels with doting wife Magda at his side. Everything seems in order for a reposing 24 hours of table talk and strolls amidst the dramatic views of the Bavarian Alps. Bormann has made it clear that there should be no talk of war. Even if it is the spring of 1942. The confusions of a woman caught up in the complexities of a man incapable of human intimacy have made Eva as volcanic as her desired. Her longing cannot compete with his responsibility to the Reich. Her loyalty can no longer tolerate his obsessional ranting nor his hypochondriac complaints. She alone can scrutinize the monster now feared by all. For hers is the only voice that dares contradict the Fuehrer ...


Aleksandr Sokurov was born in Russia in 1951. He studied History and trained until 1979 as a director at the Moscow Film School VGIK. His graduation film The Lonely Voice of Man (1987) was neither officially accepted by the school, nor given the right to be shown – as was the case with all of his films until the democratic reforms in the mid to late 80s -, but did win a Bronze Leopard at Locarno. In 2000, he founded the studio Bereg for non-commercial feature and documentary films. Sokurov has made numerous prize-winning feature films and documentaries, including: Painful Indifference (1987), Days of Eclipse (1988), Elegy from Russia (documentary, 1992), Mother and Son (1997), Moloch (1998), Taurus (2001) Russian Ark (2002), and Father and Son (2003), among others.
Genre Drama
Category Feature
Year of Production 1998
Director Aleksandr Sokurov
Screenplay Juri Arabov
Cinematography Alexei Fjodorov
Leda Semionova
Cast Elena Rufanowa, Leonid Mozgovoi
Producers Thomas Kufus, Voctor Sergeev
Production Companies Lenfilm/St. Petersburg, zero one film, in co-production with ARTE, WDR, Fusion Product/Tokyo, Fabrica/Italy
Length 102 min
Format 35 mm, color
Original Version
 German
Subtitled Versions English, French, Italian, Russian
Sound Technology Dolby SR
Festivals Cannes 1999, Potsdam 1999, Karlovy Vary 1999, Toronto 1999, London 1999, Cinédocuvertes Brussels 1999, Rotterdam 2000
Awards Best Screenplay Cannes 1999, Prix de l'Arge d'Or
With backing from Guskino, Russland, Fondazione Montecinemaverità, Locarno

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