We are pleased to follow up last year’s successful run of famed Russian filmmaker Andrei Tarkovsky’s Stalker with a brand new 4K Restoration of his final masterpiece THE SACRIFICE, a haunting vision of a world threatened with nuclear annihilation.
As a wealthy Swedish family celebrates the birthday of their patriarch Alexander (Erland Josephson, Cries and Whispers), news of the outbreak of World War III reaches their remote Baltic island. The family descends into a state of psychological devastation, brilliantly evoked by Tarkovsky and cinematographer Sven Nykvist’s arresting palette of luminous grays washing over the bleak landscape around their home.
For Alexander, a philosopher troubled about man’s lack of spirituality, the prospect of certain extinction compels the ultimate sacrifice, and he enters into a Faustian bargain with God to save his loved ones from the fear which grips them. The director’s last film, made as he was dying of cancer, The Sacrifice is Tarkovsky’s personal statement, a profoundly moving, redemptive tragedy steeped in unforgettable imagery and heart-wrenching emotion.
1986. 149 mins. Presented in Swedish, with English subtitles.
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“You may find yourself moved as you have never been moved before.” – Andrew Sarris, The Village Voice
“Tarkovsky pulls you into a dark, foreboding nightmare and Nykvist – Bergman’s former cameraman – gives that nightmare an explosive awakening.” – Desson Thomson, Washington Post
“Brilliant and audacious, with one of the most extraordinary final sequences in modern cinema.” – Peter Bradshaw, Guardia