The beginning, and The End, at the Power Plant tonight
Here's a cheery way to kick off your mid-week holiday: Check out the Power Plant's film series this evening. The first is the Andrei Ujica's Tarkovsky-worthy film (with a side of Woody Allen) Out of the Present -- except, unlike Tarkovsky's existential sci-fi dreamworlds, this is real.
Ujica's documentary, about Russian cosmonaut Sergei Krikalev's 10 month experience on the Mir space station in 1991, is the stuff of Allen's iconic 1973 movie Sleeper, in which Allen's character goes to the hospital with a headache and wakes up 200 years later to a bizarro future world. Except when Krikalev returns to earth, he's not greeted with an orgasmatron, but rather, the dissolution of the Soviet Union, the end of communism and a complete re-ordering of the global power dynamic. That'll teach you to go shooting off into space for months at a time.
Following Out of the Present is Turner Prize winner Mark Wallinger's film The End, which is a credit roll of every name mentioned in the Bible -- yes, every single one of them; that's it, above -- set to probably the silliest waltz ever penned, Strauss's Blue Danube. Heathens rejoice. And be prepared to yawn.