Tarkovsky & Tarkovsky
Film specialist and IFFR programmer Edwin Carels talks about the oeuvre of Andrei Tarkovsky. A surprising element is that Tarkovsky’s films – virtually all of them classics – are indebted to the work of Tarkovsky’s father, the poet and translator Arseny Tarkovsky. Carels argues that Arseny’s poems ‘already anticipate what his son would later try to achieve with the medium of film’.
With associative films rich in imagery, such as Andrei Rublev (1966), Solaris (1972), The Mirror (1974) and especially Stalker (1979), Andrei Tarkovsky (1932‒1986) made his name as a leading innovator of the language of cinema. This autumn, Eye presents an exhibition and film programme devoted to the celebrated filmmaker and mystic, focusing specifically on Tarkovsky’s quest for existential truth.