Discount on Tarkovsky Season titles
From 20 May 2016, Curzon and BFI Bookings are offering a special discount to BFI Neighbourhood Cinemas booking four or more films from the Tarkovsky season. Each film can be booked at a flat fee of £60 + VAT per title. Curzon are also happy to provide marketing materials (posters, trailers, stills, etc) to any interested venues, so ask for details when you book the films. Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org to book or for more information.
Run time: 95 Minutes | Certificate: 12A | Russian with English subtitles | USSR 1962 | Black and White | Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
Andrei Tarkovsky’s prize-winning debut feature is an extraordinarily moving and powerful story of war and revenge. Determined to avenge his family’s death at the hands of the Nazis, 12-year-old Ivan joins a Russian artisan regiment as a scout, where he becomes indispensable for his ability to slip unnoticed through enemy lines. But, as his missions become increasingly dangerous, it is decided that he must be removed from the front line. Ivan resists and convinces his commanding officers to allow him to carry out one last expedition.
Run time: 183 Minutes | Certificate: 15 | Russian with English subtitles | USSR 1966 | Black and White & Part Colour | Aspect Ratio: 2.35:1
Widely regarded as Tarkovsky’s finest film, ‘Andrei Rublev’ charts the life of the great icon painter through a turbulent period of 15th Century Russian history, which was marked by endless fighting between rival Princes and Tatar invasions. Made on an epic scale, it does not flinch from portraying the savagery of the time, from which, almost inexplicably, the serenity of Rublev’s art arose. The great set-pieces – the sack of Vladimir, the casting of the bell, the pagan ceremonies of St. John’s Night and the Russian crucifixion are tours-de-force of visceral filmmaking.
Run time: 166 Minutes | Certificate: PG | Russian with English subtitles | USSR 1972 | Colour & Black and White | Aspect Ratio: 2.35:1
On a space station orbiting the ocean-covered planet Solaris, cosmonaut Chris Kelvin arrives to investigate a series of mysterious and bizarre occurrences among the crew. What he discovers are supernatural phenomena that cause repressed and haunting memories to take on physical form, including that of Kelvin’s late wife. Through her, Kelvin attempts to communicate with the forces responsible, which appear to be emanating from the mysterious planet itself. Director Andrei Tarkovsky transcends the normal conventions of the science fiction genre resulting in a moving and unsettling vision of memory and humanity, which has often been compared to Kubrick’s ‘2001: A Space Odyssey’.
Run time: 107 Minutes | Certificate: U | Russian with English subtitles | USSR 1974 | Colour & Black and White | Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
‘Mirror’ is the celebrated Russian director Andrei Tarkovsky’s most autobiographical work in which he reflects upon his own childhood and the destiny of the Russian people. The film’s many layers intertwine real life and family relationships – Tarkovsky’s father, the poet Arseny Tarkovsky, reads his own poems on the soundtrack and Tarkovsky’s mother appears as herself – with memories of childhood, dreams and nightmares. From the opening sequence of a boy being cured of a stammer by hypnotism, to a scene in a printing works, which encapsulates the Stalinist era, ‘Mirror’ has an extraordinary resonance and repays countless viewings.
Run time: 162 Minutes | Certificate: PG | Russian with English subtitles | USSR 1974 | Colour & Black and White | Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
Deep within the Zone, a bleak and devastated forbidden landscape, lies a mysterious room with the power to grant the deepest wishes of those strong enough to make the hazardous journey there. Desperate to reach it, a scientist and a writer approach the Stalker, one of the few able to navigate the Zone’s menacing terrain, and begin a dangerous trek into the unknown. Tarkovsky’s second foray into science fiction after ‘Solaris’ is a surreal and disturbing vision of the future. Hauntingly exploring man’s dreams and desires, and the consequences of realising them, ‘Stalker’, adapted from Arkady & Boris Sturgatsky’s novel ‘Roadside Picnic’, has been described as one of the greatest SF films of all time.
Run time: 120 Minutes | Certificate: 15 | Russian and Italian with English subtitles | Italy 1983 | Colour | Aspect Ratio: 1.66:1
Tarkovsky’s unforgettably haunting film, his first to be made outside Russia, explores the melancholy of the expatriate through the film’s protagonist, Gorchakov, a Russian poet researching in Italy. Arriving at a Tuscan village spa with Eugenia, his beautiful Italian interpreter, Gorchakov is visited by memories of Russia and of his wife and children, and he encounters the local mystic, who sets him a challenging task. The film is filled with a series of mysterious and extraordinary images, all of which coalesce into a miraculous whole in the film’s final shot. As in all Tarkovsky’s films, nature, the elements of fire and water, music, painting and poetry all play a major role.
Run time: 149 Minutes | Certificate: 12A | Swedish, French and English with English subtitles | Sweden/France 1986 | Colour | Aspect Ratio: 1.66:1
Tarkovsky's final film, a visionary masterpiece, unfolds in the hours before a nuclear holocaust. Erland Josephson, in an award winning role, plays Alexander, a retired actor who is celebrating his brithday 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 at the Grand Prix at Cannesin 1986, the same year that Tarkovsky died of cancer in Paris at the age of 54.