A tribute to Tarkovsky

The Byzantine and Christian Museum, in cooperation with Moscow’s Tarkovsky Foundation, the Greek Film Library and the Thessaloniki International Film Festival, has organized a tribute to the celebrated bard of Soviet cinema Andrei Tarkovsky from December 6-12. The event, however, will not be restricted to film screenings only, but is aimed at creating a broad understanding of the life and character of one of the 20th century’s most important personalities, with an international symposium, an exhibition and a retrospective of his films. The symposium, running from December 6-8, will focus on the philosophical and artistic aspects of Tarkovsky’s work, while the exhibition at the museum will show rare photos of the artist’s life and work, original posters for his films, his sketches and books, as well as audiovisual documents that are being shown for the first time in Greece. The retrospective will take place at the Astron Filmcenter in central Athens and will include the entirety of the Russian filmmaker’s works: «The Sacrifice,» «Nostalgia,» «Stalker,» «The Mirror,» «Solaris,» «Andrei Rublyov» and «The Childhood of Ivan,» as well as the short-length film which earned him his degree from the VGIK Soviet film school, «The Steamroller and the Violin.» The organizers have also invited several personalities who knew or worked with Tarkovsky. Among them are Margarita Terekhiva, the leading lady of the 1975 masterpiece «The Mirror;» Nikolai Burlyayev, who played the young, wily spy and title character in the 1962 drama «The Childhood of Ivan» and the part of Boriska in «Andrei Rublyov;» the screenwriter of «The Mirror,» Aleksander Misharin, and more notably, Tarkovsky’s former wife, the actress Larisa Tarkovskaya and his son Arseni.

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