Tarkovsky’s debut film immediately won him the top prize at the Venice Film Festival and established the young Russian son of a poet as one of the most outspoken new voices in cinema. The story of a young scout behind enemy lines during the German occupation in WWII already has many of Tarkovsky’s hallmarks as the focus on nature’s splendor, meandering narrative and visual panache would be greatly developed in his later work.
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: Nikolay Burlyaev, Valentin Zubkov, Evgeniy Zharikov
Land: Sovjet Unie
Speelduur: 95 minuten