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  • RUSSIAN ARK Alternative
  • RUSSKIJ KOVCHEG Alternative
  • ROSYJSKA ARKA Alternative
  • RUSSKIJ KOWCZEG Alternative


Invisible to everyone around him, a contemporary filmmaker magically finds himself transported to the St Petersburg Hermitage in the early 1700s. He meets a fellow time traveller in the form of a nineteenth century cynical French diplomat. Together they witness astonishing scenes from Tsarist Russia and dispute their significance to Russia's past and the country's relationship to Europe. It is as if the Hermitage is the 'ark of the Russian soul'.

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