In 1988 the Soviet state elevated the monk and iconographer Andrei Rublev into sainthood and his work from the 15th century is today as sparse as it is priceless. The mysterious artist is depicted in Tarkovsky’s titular film as a pious and serene character that juxtaposes the harsh living conditions and the unrelenting fight against nature, surrounding him. A beautifully shot and framed film that sparked the director’s lifelong fascination with the religious experience.
Not since Sergei Eisenstein laid the ironclad foundation for the medium itself has Mother Russia produced a cinematic force greater than writer/director Andrei Tarkovsky. His uniquely paced and visually astounding features are layered like Dostoyevsky tomes while his films intersperse grand universal themes with the profoundly personal. Tarkovsky described his approach to filmmaking as “sculpting in time” as he brought to the screen a body of work with a trancelike quality that is often imitated yet never equaled. His oeuvre remains as elusive to interpretation today as it must have been to the filmgoers staggering out of the cinema’s in the ’60’s and ’70’s. Beautifully restored and back in the cinema, KINO will screen five of his masterpieces starting September 14th. In Russian with English subtitles.
Cast: Anatoliy Solonitsyn, Ivan Lapikov, Nikolay Grinko
Biografie, Drama, HistorieLand: Sovjet Unie
Speelduur: 205 minuten