August 2021, arsenal cinema

Retrospective Andrei Tarkovsky


The summer Tarkovsky retrospective is a tradition that has grown dear both to us and our audiences for 40 years now. We are showing the seven feature films by Russian director Andrei Tarkovsky (1932–1986), whose monumental oeuvre exudes a lasting fascination.

IWANOWO DETSTWO (Ivan's Childhood, USSR 1962, 15. & 22.7.) traces "the story of a character who is born as a result of war and ends up being consumed by it" (A.T.). During the Second World War, twelve-year-old orphan Ivan comes across the Red Army in the Dnieper region and cannot be dissuaded from working behind enemy lines as a spy and courier for the Soviet troops. Tarkovsky skillfully weaves together the plot of the film with Ivan's dreams, memories, and fantasies.

The artist and the power of the state clash in uncompromising manner in ANDREI RUBLEV (USSR 1966–69, 16. & 24.7.). This monumental Cinemascope film is split into eight chapters and depicts legendary icon painter Rublev (around 1360–1430) as an enlightened humanist artist on the cusp of the modern era. The inhuman war and power politics of his employer plunge him into a profound creative crisis, whilst at the same time providing the impetus for an exploration of the complex situation of the artist within society.

SOLARIS (USSR 1972, 17.7. & 5.8.) is based on the novel of the same name by Stanislav Lem. The story focuses on the journey undertaken by a psychologist named Kelvin, who is sent to the sea-covered planet of Solaris to investigate strange occurrences on the research station there. Kelvin gradually comes to realize that the mysterious ocean on Solaris is capable of making the dreams, fears, and regrets of the men on the space station take material form.

In the heavily autobiographically influenced SERKALO (Mirror, USSR 1975, 25.7. & 8.8.), the protagonist reveals his life, memories, fears and obsessions, the son of divorced parents in search of lost time and his own identity. His private fate is linked to the traumas and upheavals in Soviet society between 1930 and the 1970s.

STALKER (USSR 1980, 20. & 23.7.) Led by a local scout who lives in a rundown industrial landscape on the edge of the world, a scientist and a writer set out into the mysterious "zone", which is allegedly home to a place where one's most secret wishes come true. The expedition becomes a journey into the protagonists themselves, into a whole world of imagination and silence.

NOSTALGHIA (Italy/USSR 1983, 18. & 27.7.) "I wanted to depict the Russian form of nostalgia, that mental state entirely specific to our nation which grips us when we are far away from home." A Russian writer also finds himself far from home after going to Italy to gather material on an Italian composer whose biography he wants to write. He is, however, overcome by an overpowering yearning for his geographical and spiritual home.

OFFRET (The Sacrifice, Sweden, France 1986, 3. & 15.8.) A solitary, isolated island forms the setting for OFFRET: 50-year-old Alexander's birthday celebrations are in full swing when news of an atomic strike stops the party guests in their tracks. Tarkovsky's vision employs striking images and dialogue to connect a poetic film language with a philosophical religious discourse.



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10:00 am Sinema Transtopia

Found Futures V

Found Futures V: Closing discussion and joint planning

Free entry
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03:00 pm Cinema 1

Reframing the portrait: Three films by Sara Gómez

Reframing the portrait: Three films by Sara Gómez
Una isla para Miguel An island for Miguel Sara Gómez Cuba 1968
DCP OV/EnS 22 min
Guanabacoa: Crónicas de mi familia Guanabacoa: Chronicles of my family Sara Gómez Cuba 1966
DCP OV/EnS​​​​​​​ 13 min
Iré a Santiago I’m going to Santiago Sara Gómez Cuba 1964
DCP OV/EnS 15 min
​​​​​​​Digitally restored by Vulnerable Media Lab, Queen's University

Introduction: Susan Lord (Queen’s University)
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06:00 pm Cinema 1

re-­selected #2: Finally Got the News – Ein Kopienvergleich

re-­selected #2: Finally Got the News – Two prints compared
Finally Got the News Stewart Bird, Peter Gessner, René Lichtman, John Louis zusammen with The League of Black Revolutionary Workers USA 1970
Digital file OV 55 min
Digital file von Icarus Films
Finally Got the News Stewart Bird, Peter Gessner, René Lichtman, John Louis zusammen with The League of Black Revolutionary Workers USA 1971
16 mm OV 32 min
shortened by Swedish TV Print from private collection 

Guest: John Sundholm (Stockholm University), Tobias Hering (Curator re­selected) Free entry
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10:00 pm Cinema 1


*Prater Ulrike Ottinger Germany/Austria  2007
DCP OV/EnS 107 min
Premiere of the digital restoration