Andrei Tarkovsky: A Cinema Prayer

Direction
Year 
2019
Country
  • Italy
  • Russia
  • Sweden
Runtime
98min 
Audio Tracks 
Subtitles 

The brilliant director Andrey Tarkovsky, whose works are considered masterpieces of world cinema, left us with eight films and an ever growing interest in and desire to understand his work. The documentary recounts Tarkovsky’s life and work, letting the director tell the story himself, as he shares with us his memories, his view of art and his reflections on the destiny of the artist and the meaning of human existence.

Thanks to some extremely rare audio recordings, viewers are able to immerse themselves in the mysterious world of his cinematic imagery, allowing them to comprehend and reassess the work and inner life of the great director. The account is accompanied by never previously released recordings of poems by Arseny Tarkovsky, one of the greatest Russian poets of the 20th century and the director’s father, read by their author.

Arseny’s poetry had always had an influence on Andrei’s movies, underlining the profound cultural and spiritual bond between father and son. The images of the film are made up of excerpts taken from the director’s works, rare contemporary photos and videos and sections shot in the places where Tarkovsky lived and made his movies, in Russia, Sweden and Italy, his adoptive home.


Andrej Tarkovskij, regista geniale, i cui film sono considerati capolavori del cinema mondiale, ha lasciato otto pellicole e il desiderio sempre più crescente di comprendere la sua l’opera. Il film, firmato dal figlio, racconta la vita e il lavoro di Tarkovskij lasciando la parola al regista stesso che condivide i suoi ricordi, il suo sguardo sull’arte, le riflessioni sul destino dell’artista e sul senso dell’esistenza umana. Con rarissime registrazioni audio e registrazioni inedite di poesie di Arsenij Tarkovskij, uno dei più grandi poeti russi del Novecento e padre del regista, lette dallo stesso autore, che con la sua opera ha influenzato profondamente il cinema del figlio. Le immagini del film sono costituite da frammenti tratti dai film originali, materiali foto e video d’epoca e riprese effettuate sui luoghi della vita e dei set di Tarkovskij in Russia, in Svezia e in Italia, sua patria adottiva.

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Details

  • Original Title
    Andrej Tarkovskij, Il cinema come preghiera
  • Direction
  • Screenplay
    Andrej A. Tarkovskij
  • Cinematography
    Alexey Naidenov
  • Editing
    Michal Leszczylowski, Andrej A. Tarkovskij
  • Sound
    Gianfranco Tortora, Sud Sound Studios
  • Runtime
    98 min (91+ min.)
  • Year
    2019
  • Country
    • Italy
    • Russia
    • Sweden
  • Format
    • Colour
    • Black & White
  • Production
  • Distribution
  • Festivals
    • Mostra Internazionale d'arte cinematografica - Venezia Classici Documentari
    • IDFA - International Documentary Film Festival Amsterdam
    • PÖFF | Tallinn Black Nights Film Festival

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