"Out of the Present"
Directed by Andrei Ujica
Man's place in the universe has never been contemplated quite the way it is
in this singular documentary. Russian cosmonaut Sergei Krikalev's ten months
on board the Mir space station are captured in footage shot during his
record-breaking 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 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). Russian with English subtitles.