The Sacrifice - Sculpting Time: Andrei Tarkovsky Season

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Our final screening in the Sculpting Time: Andrei Tarkovsky Season (re scheduled from 22nd November)

One of world’s most visionary, celebrated and influential filmmakers, Andrei Tarkovsky made just seven features before his tragically early death at the age of 54. Characterised by metaphysical and spiritual explorations of the human condition, each film is an artistic masterpiece of extraordinary visual beauty and stand as enduring classics of world cinema.

Screening from pristine new digital prints, the Russian auteur's seven features will be showing at selected cinemas across the UK and Ireland.

To celebrate our final film in the Sculpting Time - Andrei Tarkovsky Retrospective there will be a free glass of vodka on arrival and the bar will be open after the screening for an informal chat on this season of films from one of the world's master film makers.

Andrei Tarkovsky’s visionary final film unfolds in the hours before a nuclear holocaust. Erland Josephson, in an award-winning role, plays retired actor Alexander who is celebrating his birthday with family and friends when a crackly TV announcement warns of an imminent nuclear catastrophe. Alexander makes a promise to God that he will sacrifice all he holds dear, if the disaster can be averted. The next day dawns and, as if in a dream, everything is restored to normality. But Alexander must keep his vow. Among many other awards, The Sacrifice won the Cannes Grand Prix in 1986, the same year that Tarkovsky died of cancer in Paris at the age of 54.

Winner of the 1988 Best Foreign Language Film BAFTA

Winner of the 1986 Cannes FIPRESCI Prize

Winner of the 1986 Cannes Grand Prize of the Jury

Winner of the 1986 Cannes Prize of the Ecumenical Jury

Winner of the 1986 Cannes Best Artistic Contribution award - cinematography (Sven Nykvist)

" It is brilliant and audacious with one of the most extraordinary final film sequences in modern cinema" ★★★★★ Peter Bradshaw - The Guardian

"Tarkovsky's finest work, a culmination of all that has preoccupied him throughout his films" Los Angeles Times

"Profoundly satisfying … A rewarding display of filmmaking mastery that forms a mystical and enigmatic coda to a legendary career" ★★★★★ Jonathan Trout - BBC

Director: Andrei Tarkovsky

France/Sweden 1986

Languages: English, French Swedish

Run time: 149 mins

This season of films is courtesy of Curzon/Artifial Eye

***"This project is supported by Film Hub North West Central, proud to be a member of the BFI Film Audience Network" ★★★

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