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Baikonur, Earth by Andrea Sorini - Panorama Europe



Baikonur, Earth by Andrea Sorini - Panorama Europe

Screening of Baikonur, Earth (Bajkonur, Terra) at the Panorama Europe Film Festival 2019.
With director Andrea Sorini in person. U.S. premiere

Over the centuries only few caravans dared to cross the northern route of the silk-road that today lies in the territory of Kazakhstan. In this portion of Asian desert there was no place to build a majestic city, nor anything else worth fighting for. Until in 1955 the Soviet government realized that those lands, far as they may be from the rest of the World, were just one step away from the Universe.

A film of otherworldly beauty, Andrea Sorini’s gently surreal documentary study of the home of the Baikonur Cosmodrome—the world’s first space launch facility—achieves the feat of making life on Earth look as alien as any destination in the universe. Built for the launch of Sputnik in the 1950s, the Cosmodrome, located in a desert region of Kazakhstan, is still in use, for sending rockets to the International Space Station. Cows and camels wander through the sparsely populated streets, old churches and statues contrast the stark modernist architecture of the space program, and a karaoke bar is bathed in eerie blue light. Sorini’s film is a cinematic marvel, filled with strangely beautiful images and slowly building to a blast-off finale.

Italy/Kazakhstan/Russia. Dir. Andrea Sorini, 2018, 74 mins. Digital projection. In English, Russian, Kazakh with English subtitles

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Andrea Sorini was born in Milan, Italy, in 1988, raised in Bologna, graduated at ACT Multimedia (2010) and further in Film Directing in Centro Sperimentale di Cinematografia (2015). In 2016 he co-wrote the screenplay of the feature film “Look Up” (Revok Film and Rai Cinema) directed by Fulvio Risuleo, presented at Rome International Film Festival 2017.

“Baikonur, Earth” (Lumen Films, The Piranesi Experience and Rai Cinema with Il Saggiatore, 2018) is his first feature documentary.


Date: Friday, May 17, 2019

Time: From 7:00 pm To 8:30 pm

Organized by : MoMI

In collaboration with : EUNIC

Entrance : With fee


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