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33 Ratings

Out of the Present

Directed by Andrei Ujică
Germany, France, 1995


Cosmonaut Sergei Krikalev is the focus of this chronicle of life on the Russian space station Mir, showing what outer space is really like. In addition to the routine day-to-day activities. Krikalev is a bystander to the collapse of the Soviet Union during his 10-month stay onboard.

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Out of the Present Directed by Andrei Ujică

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  • Bilouaustria's rating of the film Out of the Present

    Ujica always works with stunning archives, the ones on Ceausescu in Romania but also with these spectacular scenes in Moscow (the middle section of this film). The other archives are actually interesting as well, images of USSR in the early nineties, and first hand documents about life in space. It is just hard to stop watching. On earth meanwhile, a lot is happening : «Out of the present» is indeed a great title.

  • Noli Manaig's rating of the film Out of the Present

    Away from the present, the here and now of earth, an intimate portrait of cosmonauts in outer space. Down here, the USSR is about to implode. Up there, the cosmonauts confess to a playful childishness, in contrast, perhaps, to the Promethean boast about a giant leap for mankind. Unable to witness historical & familial events while in space suggests a sacrifice on their part: beyond transcendence, a yearning for earth

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