Night of planet Earth

Part of: Movies and performances at Strelka


The 2morrow Festival is bringing us a night of screenings about our relationship with our planet. With the help of film, documentary or gaming, these attempts to encourage mankind in general – and Moscovites in particular – to be more ecologically conscientious become even more relevant in the 40+ degree heat and the smoke from the fires.


France, 2009, 95 min.

Directed by Yann Arthus-Bertrand

French photographer Yann Arthus-Bertrand and producer Luc Besson hover above the earth, taking a bird’s-eye view and a thoughtful pace on their concise history of mankind, which has over the last 50 years in particular destroyed its harmonious relationship with its Home. The filmmakers are not trying to be original with their text or to arrive at some shocking conclusion; instead, they play off the contrast between the dismal facts and the unbelievable beauty of the images.

The Age of Stupid

Great Britain, 2009, 92 min.

Directed by Franny Armstrong

This film contains an element of provocation and of playfulness. British actor Pete Postlethwaite plays someone living in the future. In the year 2055, global warning has begun to wreak havoc on civilization. Postlethwaite’s hero must look back at our present moment to figure out the reasons so he can advise others how to survive.


USA, 1982, 86 min.

Directed by Godfrey Reggio

The scale and intonation of this film is absolutely biblical. Koyaanisqatsi begins with «the birth of the world», which Reggio depicts as a volcanic eruption and a fantastic dance of clouds, and ends with the peak of human civilization – the flight into space. Between these points, the life of planet and its inhabitants is followed from an alien or God-like perspective – the endless crush of the crowds, the drone of transport, crumbling houses, and so forth.