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.
Tarkovsky’s last film before his untimely death at the age of 54 saw him travel to the country of his great cinematic hero, Ingmar Bergman. Exiled from Russia, Tarkovsky used much of Bergman’s team and favorite locations for his final work that is his most ponderous and infused with the realization of his own impending demise. The film’s last shot of a tree is similar to that of the first shot of his debut feature, Ivan’s Childhood, completing a staggering body of work with these mirroring images. Presented in Swedish with English subtitles.
Cast: Erland Josephson, Susan Fleetwood, Allan Edwall
DramaLand: Zweden, Frankrijk
Speelduur: 149 minuten