Russian Ark Trailer & Clips


Russian Ark (also know as Russkiy kovcheg) full movie is released on Apr 19, 2003. Watch Russian Ark online - the Russian Drama movie from Russia , which has achieved a worldwide gross of $8,690,168. Russian Ark is directed by Aleksandr Sokurov and created by Boris Khaimsky with Sergey Dreyden and Mariya Kuznetsova. Russian Ark is available online on Hoopla and Kanopy.

An unseen man regains consciousness, not knowing who or where he is. No one seems to be able to see him, except the mysterious man dressed in black. He eventually learns through their discussions that this man is a 19th century French aristocrat, who he coins the "European". This turn of events is unusual as the unseen man has a knowledge of the present day. The two quickly learn that they are in the Winter Palace of the Hermitage in St. Petersburg, the European who has a comprehensive knowledge of Russian history to his time. As the two travel through the palace and its grounds, they interact with people from various eras of Russian history, either through events that have happened at the palace or through the viewing of artifacts housed in the museum. Ultimately, the unseen man's desired journey is to move forward, with or without his European companion.

As know as:

Russkiy kovcheg, Ρώσικη κιβωτός, L'arche russe, 創世紀, Arca russa

Release Date:

Dec 13, 2002

Release Date (Streaming):

Sep 09, 2003


Russia, Germany, Japan, Canada, Finland, Denmark


Russian, Persian

Stream Service:

Wellspring Cinema

Production Companies:

The State Hermitage Museum, The Hermitage Bridge Studio, Egoli Tossell Pictures

Gross worldwide:



2000 cast members, 3 orchestras, 33 rooms, 300 years, ALL IN ONE TAKE, 2000 Actors. 300 years of Russian History. 33 Rooms at the Hermitage Museum. 3 Live Orchestras. 1 Single Continuous Shot.


Joshua Rothkopf
In These Times
Perhaps no amount of skillful reasoning could have swayed our gatekeepers from their ignorance. But as Kiarostami himself suggested in his dignified statement to the press, the embarrassment is also his, and by extension our own.
by rottentomatoes, Mar 16, 2020
Jesse Cataldo
Slant Magazine
Despite an undeniable attraction to the majestic, Aleksandr Sokurov seems equally adverse to straightforward spectacle, approaching potentially colossal subjects from odd, specific angles.
by rottentomatoes, Apr 12, 2014
Jonathan Rosenbaum
Chicago Reader
Part pageant and museum tour, part theme-park ride and historical meditation.
by rottentomatoes, Oct 24, 2013

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