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Directed by Andrei Tarkovsky

USSR, Italy 1983 125 mins. In Russian, Italian

Russian master Tarkovsky’s penultimate film, shown here on the occasion of its 30th anniversary, follows Yankovskiy (Andrei Gorchakov), a poet who falls in with a Tuscan madman (Erland Josephson) while traveling through Italy and researching the life of an 18th-century Ukrainian composer who spent his final years there. Yankovskiy, increasingly isolated from those around him, becomes drawn into a complex relationship with this strange man, while at the same time experiencing deep nostalgia for his Russian homeland—much like Tarkovsky himself, exiled from the USSR during this period. NOSTALGHIA, winner of several awards at the 1983 Cannes Film Festival, is a film in which “Tarkovsky evokes the textures of dreams and memories through ravishing monochrome and sepia-toned reveries and flashbacks, while conjuring the hushed and haunted tone of a trance in this late-career masterwork.”—BAMcinématek.

Genres: Drama