The Poetry of Time: Andrei Tarkovsky

Influential Russian director Andrei Tarkovsky (1932–1986) "invented a new language, true to the nature of film" (Ingmar Bergman). This complete retrospective extends from Tarkovsky's powerful first film, Ivan's Childhood (1962), to his final, the elegiac The Sacrifice (1986). 


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  • The Sacrifice

    • Saturday, July 25 8:15 PM
    Andrei Tarkovsky
    Sweden, France, 1986

    New 35mm Print!

    A retired actor and his family find themselves on a remote Baltic island when word arrives of nuclear war in Tarkovsky’s elegiac final film. 

  • Stalker

    • Thursday, July 23 7:30 PM
    Andrei Tarkovsky
    USSR, 1979

    Imported Print!

    A writer, a scientist, and their "stalker" guide venture into a mysterious wasteland known as the Zone. "A dense, complex, often contradictory, and endlessly pliable allegory about human consciousness” (Slant).

  • Nostalghia

    • Saturday, July 18 8:30 PM
    Andrei Tarkovsky
    USSR, 1983

    New 35mm Print! 

    Andrei Tarkovsky's breathtaking journey through the ruined but magical spaces of Tuscany follows a Russian man who feels the longing for home, closure, and the absolute that the film's title describes. "Nostalghia is not so much a movie as a place to inhabit for two hours” (J. Hoberman). 

  • Solaris

    • Thursday, July 16 7:30 PM
    Andrei Tarkovsky
    USSR, 1972

    In Tarkovsky's influential 1972 masterwork, based on a famous novel by Stanislaw Lem, "the alien world is one immense ocean, the ocean is a brain, and the brain may be our own" (Village Voice).

  • The Mirror

    • Saturday, July 11 8:45 PM
    Andrei Tarkovsky
    USSR, 1976

    Tarkovsky’s most autobiographical work, a collection of memories of a young boy coming of age, invented “a new language, true to the nature of film . . . life as a dream” (Ingmar Bergman).

  • The Steamroller and the Violin

    • Thursday, July 9 7:30 PM
    Andrei Arsenevich Tarkovskii
    Soviet Union, 1961

    Tarkovsky’s diploma film follows the unlikely friendship between a frail young violinist and a gruff older steamroller operative. With Voyage in Time, on Tarkovsky and screenwriter Tonino Guerra’s travels across Italy. 

  • Andrei Rublev

    • Saturday, July 4 7:00 PM
    Andrei Tarkovsky
    USSR, 1966

    Andrei Tarkovsky’s epic, otherworldly portrait of the 15th-century Russian icon-painter is “a superproduction gone ideologically berserk” (Village Voice).

  • Ivan's Childhood

    • Saturday, June 27 6:00 PM
    Andrei Tarkovsky
    USSR, 1962

    Introduction/Nariman Skakov


    Lyrical and brutal by turns, the great Russian director Andrei Tarkovsky's first feature tells of a child's experiences during WWII. “A poetically directed antiwar film that also shows the beauty of the landscape” (SFIFF 1962).