The Irish Film Institute presents Sculpting in Time, a season of Andrei Tarkovsky films, including the exclusive re-release of Mirror.
The movies of one of the true greats of world cinema, Andrei Tarkovsky, will be the focus of a special season entitled Sculpting in Time, running at the IFI from 14th to 28th May.
Tarkovksy’s body of work, comprising just seven features and a handful of shorts, has proven hugely influential in the world of cinema, admired by contemporaries such as Akira Kurosawa and Ingmar Bergman, and having an enduring impact on Russian filmmakers such as Aleksandr Sokurov and Andrei Zvyagintsev.
The schedule for the Sculpting in Time season is:-
IVAN’S CHILDHOOD (1962) – 14th May @ 3pm
This was Tarkovsky’s first feature which won him immediate international acclaim as he received the Golden Lion at the Venice Film Festival.
ANDREI RUBLEV (1966) – 15th May @ 3pm
Tarkovsky’s second film was an epic, largely fictionalised biography of the great 15th-century Russian iconographer, Andrei Rublev.
SOLARIS (1972) – 18th May @ 8pm
Tarkovsky’s space-age epic is an adaptation of Stanisław Lem’s science-fiction novel. This film probes man’s thoughts and conscience, as it follows a psychologist who is sent to a space station orbiting the mysterious planet Solaris.
MIRROR (1975) – opens 20th May
Tarkovsky’s Mirror opens for a run at the IFI from 20th May. This non-linear autobiographical film is considered by many Russian speakers to be his best film and is his most personal meditation on time, history and the Russian countryside.
STALKER (1979) – 21st May @ 3:30pm
This is Tarkovsky’s second foray into science-fiction and is no less of a masterpiece than Solaris. In an area known only as the Zone, there is said to exist the Room, entry to which is believed to lead to the fulfilment of one’s deepest desires.
NOSTALGIA (1983) – 25th May @ 8:30pm
The movie follows an expatriate Russian writer travelling through Italy who yearns for the homeland of his memory.
THE SACRIFICE (1986) – 28th May @ 3:20pm
This was Tarkovsky’s final film – he died shortly after completion from lung cancer. At the dawn of World War III, Alexander (Erland Josephson) searches for a way to restore peace to the world and finds he must sacrifice something in return. A film that affirms the power of love, humanity, and faith, it makes for a fitting conclusion to a remarkable body of work.
Sculpting in Time, a season of Andrei Tarkovsky films, takes place at the Irish Film Institute from the 14th to 28th May. Tickets may be reserved online or by calling the IFI Box Office on 01 679 3477.
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