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25 June 2021: Close-Up

25 June 2021: Close-Up

Abbas Kiarostami’s fiction-documentary hybrid, Close-Up, uses a sensational real-life event as the basis for a stunning, multilayered investigation into movies, identity, artistic creation, and existence, in which the real people from the case play themselves. Screened here with Nanni Moretti’s short film – shot at his cinema in Rome – capturing a series of moments before the premiere of Close-Up.
26 June - 23 July 2021: Mirror

26 June - 23 July 2021: Mirror

While Mirror, like all Tarkovsky’s films, pays homage to painting, music, and poetry, it also makes plain that the Russian director understood Mnemosyne to be the mother of the muses. Being a poet, he sought not only to retrieve the past but to reveal its essence – and in so doing to redeem an inherently flawed present. 
27 June - 31 July 2021: The Sacrifice

27 June - 31 July 2021: The Sacrifice

Tarkovsky’s final film is also one of his most overtly theatrical, a chamber drama drawn in characteristically virtuoso long takes. A philosopher celebrates his birthday by planting a tree with his young son on an otherwise barren landscape. Disgusted with modernity, he finds his calling after reports of an impending nuclear war, the reality of which remains occluded in dream.
2 July 2021: Ivan's Childhood

2 July 2021: Ivan's Childhood

Ivan’s Childhood was one of many Soviet films to examine the catastrophic losses of World War II through the prism of childhood, but Tarkovsky’s debut was immediately singled out for its visionary aesthetics, winning the Golden Lion at Venice and the praise of prominent intellectuals. The director’s dramatic rendering of landscape is already richly apparent in the film’s celebrated "dance of birches" and the flares tracing lines of light over a sunken lagoon.
3 - 24 July 2021: Solaris

3 - 24 July 2021: Solaris

Mindful that a space odyssey might find better favor with the Soviet film authorities following Andrei Rublev, Tarkovsky reshaped StanisÅ‚aw Lem’s metaphysical science-fiction novel to his own preoccupations with memory and sacrifice. A psychologist travels to a space station orbiting Solaris to explore rumors that the planet’s ocean may be a "thinking substance," materializing the astronauts’ memories.
4 July - 1 August 2021: Stalker

4 July - 1 August 2021: Stalker

Arguably Tarkovsky’s purest articulation of the film as spiritual quest, Stalker develops a radically different attitude to time than the jigsaw of his previous film, Mirror. "A perverse replay of Solaris’s cosmic voyage, a remake of Rublev in a secular world of postapocalyptic misery, a premonition of Chernobyl and Soviet disintegration." – J. Hoberman
11 - 25 July 2021: Andrei Rublev

11 - 25 July 2021: Andrei Rublev

Originally titled The Passion According to Andrei, Tarkovsky’s second feature remains a wholly original epic, a life of the medieval icon painter encompassing the full horror of history. The culminating vision of Rublev’s Trinity only emerges from the yoke of Tartar occupation, mystic rites, excommunications, and nearly unrelieved suffering.
16 - 30 July 2021: Nostalghia

16 - 30 July 2021: Nostalghia

A film of stark symbols and mesmerizing long takes, Nostalghia’s nearly agonizing picture of personal loss is tempered by the painterly beauty of its compositions. Tarkovsky himself professed to be surprised at seeing how these images revealed "an exact reprint of my state of mind" during what was to be a permanent exile.

Calendar

Fri 25 Jun 8:15pm
Close-Up
Sat 26 Jun 8:15pm
Mirror
Sun 27 Jun 7:30pm
The Sacrifice
Fri 02 Jul 8:15pm
Ivan's Childhood
Sat 03 Jul 7:15pm
Solaris
Sun 04 Jul 7:15pm
Stalker
Fri 09 Jul 8:15pm
Mirror
Sat 10 Jul 7:30pm
The Sacrifice
Sun 11 Jul 7:00pm
Andrei Rublev
Fri 16 Jul 8:00pm
Nostalghia