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21 April 2019: Voyage in Time + One Day in the Life of Andrei Arsenevich


Voyage in Time
Tonino Guerra & Andrei Tarkovsky, 1983, 62 min
Russian and Italian with English subtitles

"Filmed as Tarkovsky conceptualized Nostalghia with famed Italian screenwriter Tonino Guerra, Voyage in Time is an exterior portrait of the Russian director’s creative process and a document of his dislocation. A relaxed atmosphere prevails as the denim-clad auteur reflects on his favorite filmmakers and Guerra reads from his poetry. They travel Italy together on a quixotic search for possible locations; after touring cathedrals and palaces, Tarkovsky finally responds most to a darkened hotel room. The documentary conveys the supreme importance of setting in Tarkovsky’s films, with the added poignancy that as the director comes to terms with the place of Italy in his upcoming film he is also struggling to understand his own place in Italy." – Harvard Film Archive

One Day in the Life of Andrei Arsenevich
Chris Marker, 1999, 55 min

"Chris Marker’s One Day in the Life of Andrei Arsenevich is perhaps the best film yet made by one (great) film-maker about another. A revelatory document, loving, lucid and lyrical, on the elemental structuring of Tarkovsky’s work, it marries moving footage of the terminally ill director shooting and struggling to finish his final film The Sacrifice with an exemplary assessment of the films and their importance, humane, humble and always open. In its own essential way, it too is a masterpiece." – Gareth Evans

Part of our season on Andrei Tarkovsky