When Tarkovsky watched Kubrick’s crowning sci-fi achievement 2001: A Space Odyssey in 1968 he promptly claimed the film to be “phony” and containing “only pretensions of truth.” A bold statement indeed. But the Russian director did ‘counter’ his American colleague with the ponderous and existential Solaris. Adapted from the Stanislaw Lem’s novel, the film about a psychologist encountering fictitious spouses aboard a spaceship stretches the limits of his non-narrative approach but remains one of his best known – and loved works.
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: Natalya Bondarchuk, Donatas Banionis, Jüri Järvet
Drama, Mysterie, SciencefictionLand: Sovjet Unie
Speelduur: 167 minuten