Andrei Tarkovsky left us just seven feature films, but his presence can still be felt everywhere in world cinema.
His son Andrey, who was only a teenager when Tarkovsky died in 1986, now manages the director's archive and former apartment in Florence with plans to open it as a museum. This collection is the basis for Andrey's debut film A Cinema Prayer, a deeply personal voyage through the life and work of a formidable creative force which is screening here in the UK for the first time. The film weaves together three generations by including previously unreleased audio recordings of Arseny Tarkovsky's poetry, a huge influence on his son's approach to cinema. There's also wonderful footage from the shooting of Andrei Rublev, Stalker and The Sacrifice, reflections on exile, family and spirituality, and above all a portrait of a man fiercely committed to filmmaking: "the only art that can freeze time."
Dir: Andrey A. Tarkovsky
Italy/Russia/Sweden 2019, 95 mins