Chris Marker Notes from the Era of Imperfect Memory

Sans Soleil Blu-Ray DVD Coming Soon


Last Updated on January 16, 2021 by bricoleur

sans soleil: un film de chris marker – DVD Blu-ray

Many thanks to Natacha Missoffe for bringing this upcoming Blu-ray expanded edition of Sans Soleil to the attention of the remarkable Chris Marker Facebook group.

You can pre-order the DVD at Potemkine Films now. Below are the main details of the film, due to be released in February 2021. The packaging is exquisite, as are the iconic photograms selected for the cover, the typography, the extras—in short, everything speaks to a labor of love. To be sure, the great essay film Sans Soleil deserves this love, this work, and this edition.

It is especially exciting for Marker fans to have access to the long out-of-print book Le Dépays, which Marker published in 1982, along with the Marker short Tokyo Days from 1988. If I understand correctly, English-speaking viewers will not need to view subtitles; Marker prepared originally, I believe, three separate versions of Sans Soleil: the French, the English Sunless, and the German Ohne Sohne. I have also seen at least the title graphic for a Russian version: Без солнца (Bez Solntsa, literally Without Sun), the title of the Mussorgsky song cycle written in 1874 to poems of Arseny Golenishchev-Kutuzov.

Thankfully, I was able to participate just a bit in the process: in particular, reviewing the transmission and translation of the Letter to Theresa, published here some time back. See Letter to Theresa by Chris Marker: Behind the Veils of Sans Soleil for the original English text.


Potemkine Films 2 Février 2021
Édition Collector Blu-ray + DVD + Livre
Avec : Arielle Dombasle
Audio : Français DTSHD-MA 2.0mono, Audiodescription
Sous-titrage : Français


A partir de lettres écrites lors de ses voyages sur différents continents, un caméraman, Sandor Krasna, questionne son rapport aux images qu’il filme, met en parallèle les civilisations et interroge la place de l’Homme dans le monde.

Contenu et Bonus

Nouveau master restauré de 2K, avec l’aide du CNC
Contient :
– le Blu-ray du film (104′)
– le DVD du film (100′)
– un livre de 224 pages

Contenu du livre :

– “Le Dépays” de Chris Marker (1982) : réimpression du livre de Chris Marker, épuisé depuis des années

– Textes de Christophe Chazalon sur le film (la genèse, les thématiques, les références culturelles, la réception critique…)

– Le dossier de presse du film

– Lettre à Theresa de Chris Marker

– “Sans soleil” de Modeste Moussorgski

– Le texte intégral de la voix off

Interview de Florence Delay (17′)

“Le labyrinthe d’herbes” de Shuji Terayama, dans sa version française écrite par Chris Marker et dite par Florence Delay (1979, 39′)

“Tokyo Days” de Chris Marker (1988, 20′)

“Sans soleil” de Chris Marker, version anglaise de la voix off, écrite par Chris Marker pour éviter le sous-titrage de son film (exclusivité Blu-ray, 104′)

Potemkine Filme –
English translation


New restored master of 2K, with help from CNC [National Centre for Cinema and the Moving Image, an agency of the French Ministry of Culture]

  • The Blu-ray of the film (104 ‘)
  • The DVD of the film (100 ‘)
  • A book of 224 pages Contents of the book: Le Dépays by Chris Marker (1982): reprint of the book by Chris Marker, out of print for years
  • Texts by Christophe Chazalon on the film (genesis, themes, cultural references, critical reception …)
  • The film’s press kit
  • Letter to Theresa from Chris Marker
  • “Sunless” by Modeste Moussorgsky
  • The full text of the voiceover Interview with Florence Delay (17 ‘)
  • “Le labyrinthe d’herbes” by Shuji Terayama, in its French version written by Chris Marker and said by Florence Delay (1979, 39 ‘)
  • “Tokyo Days” by Chris Marker (1988, 20 ‘)
  • “Sans Soleil” by Chris Marker, English version of the voiceover, written by Chris Marker to avoid the subtitling of his film (Blu-ray exclusive, 104 ‘)

Notes on Resolution & Format

Regarding 2K, it is also known as 2K resolution and is a term for display devices or content having a horizontal resolution of approximately 2,000 pixels. In the movie projection industry, Digital Cinema Initiatives is the dominant standard for 2K output and defines 2K resolution as 2048 x 1080. In television and consumer media, 1920 x 1080 is the most common 2K resolution, normally referred to as 1080p.

Blu-ray Disc (BD), often known simply as Blu-ray, is a digital optical disc storage format. It is designed to supersede the DVD format, capable of storing several hours of video in high-definition (HDTV 720p and 1080p). The main application of Blu-ray is as a medium for video material such as feature films and for the physical distribution of video games for the PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4, PlayStation 5, Xbox One, and Xbox Series X. The name “Blu-ray” refers to the blue laser (which is actually a violet laser) used to read the disc, which allows information to be stored at a greater density than is possible with the longer-wavelength red laser used for DVDs.

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