Hermitage Dwellers
Hermitage Dwellers


Director: Aliona van der Horst
72 min., 2003, rus.



6 april, Moscow



17 december, Moscow

16 october, Perm

18 april, Saint-Petersburg


Not the art, but the people who work in the Hermitage museum are the focus of this documentary film. These Hermitage dwellers all have their own very personal reasons for considering the palace of Catharine the Great their “home.” For them, it is a safe haven that quite literally has managed to keep the cruel Soviet history outside its walls. What starts out as a playful kaleidoscope of people and events in the museum gradually unfolds into a poignant account of how the dwellers’ pain is transformed by their intimate relationship with a piece of art.


About the film:
The film has been screened at several international filmfestivals and has been awarded the Grand Prize International Festival of Films on Art 2003 in Montreal, Canada.


Алена ван дер Хорст

About the director:

The Dutch director Aliona van der Horst was born in 1970 in Moscow, Russia. She studied Russian literature at the University of Amsterdam and film at the Dutch Film and Television Academy. She began her career in 1997 with the much acclaimed "The lady with the white hat" and since then has received multiple awards for most of her films, amongst them the special jury prize at the Tribeca film festival for "Voices of Bam", and the Grand Prix of the FIFA for "the Hermitage Dwellers". Recently she has recieved the Jan Kassies prize, awarded by the Dutch Cultural Broadcasting Fund, for outstanding achievement.





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