Our travels in Arcadia - the mythical place of heaven - begin at New York's Grand Central Station in 2001, only weeks after September 11.We are led over the next thirteen years by the great Russian Poet Vladimir Gandelsman. Wherever he takes us, be it the smoking ruins of the Twin Towers, the streets of his Bronx neighborhood, a rainy park or a subway train, Arcadia shimmers through. Gandelsman banished death - "Even this word is absent," he says - from his poetry book "Arcadia"; in the film, however, she reclaims her spot as a fellow traveler.
DIRECTOR BIOGRAPHICAL NOTE:
Helga Landauer (Olshvang) was born on 23.03.1969 in Moscow, where she graduated from Gerasimov Institute of Cinematography (VGIK) in 1991. She wrote numerous screenplays for feature, animation and documentary films, and worked at Russian National Television directing programs for broadcast. Helga has lived and worked in the United States since 1996 as a writer, poet and a filmmaker. She has authored five books of poetry, under the name of Helga Olshvang: "The 96th Book" (Composer Publishing House); "The Reed and Poetry Works" (Pushkinskiy Fond), "Versions of the Present" (Russian Gulliver Publishing) and "The Three" (Ailuros, NY). Her poetry has also been published and reviewed in preeminent Russian literary magazines and anthologies.
Her films "Being Far from Venice" (1998), "A Journey of Dmitry Shostakovich" (2006, co-directed with Oksana Dvornichenko), "A Film About Anna Akhmatova" (2008), "Diversions" (2009), "Objects in Mirror are Closer than They Appear" (2011) and "Arcadia" (2015) have been screened at many international film festivals and significant American and European venues.