Man's place in the universe has never been contemplated quite the way it is in this singular film. Russian cosmonaut Sergei Krikalev's ten months on board the Mir space station are captured in footage shot during his visit to the heavens, which is contrasted with images of the collapse of the Soviet Union from 1991 to 1992. While Krikalev was away from earth, the empire that sent him to space ceased to exist, his hometown of Leningrad again became St. Petersburg, and the nature of global affairs underwent massive change.
"Yet, the extraterrestrial shots and scenes have the effect of somehow dwarfing and distancing these historic events, however momentous. Galaxies, like grains of sand, spread across the sky, and even the epochal sights of the collapse of the Soviet state shrivel in comparison" (Michael Wilmington, Chicago Tribune).
In the presence of director Andrei Ujica
Written and directed by Andrei Ujică | Assistant director Marina Nikiforova | With the Cosmonauts Sergei Krikalev, Anatoli Artsebarski, Aleksandre Volkov | Director of Photography Vadim Youssov | Operators Lena Kondakova, Talgat Musabaev | Archive images of the space missions RKK Energia, Videokosmos, Ivan Galine, Vitali Kalinine | Archive images of the Moscow putsch ITA, Vesti, RIA Novosti, Édouard Djafarov, Andrei Pichtchaiev | Paintings and drawings Mikhail Romadine | Editing Ralf Henninger, Heidi Leihbecher, Svetlana Ivanova | Music Lazonby, Temporary Items, Mory Kante, Johann Strauss, Jean-Luc Ponty, Stefan Miesem | Producer Elke Peters | Delegate producer Werner Dütsch | Production Bremer Institut Film/Fernsehen | Coproduction WDR, la sept/arte, RTBF, St. Petersburg Documentary Film Studio, Harun Farocki Filmproduktion