This year, the LEFFEST organizes a series of events devoted to author Arseni Tarkovsky and his son, director Andrei Tarkovsky: an evening devoted to Arseni Tarkovsky, with poem readings and a concert by Itamar Golan, Natsuko Inoue and Piotr Anderszewski; a discussion about director Andrei Tarkovsky, which will bring together his son Andrei A. Tarkovsky, José Manuel Mouriño and Alberto Ruiz de Samaniego; the following films will be screened as well:

Nostalghia, directed by Andrei Tarkovsky, IT/URSS, 1983, 125’ (restored print)

Offret, directed by Andrei Tarkovsky, SE, UK, FR, 1986, 142’ (restored print)

Los días blancos. Apuntes sobre el rodaje de Nostalghia, de Andrei Tarkovski, directed by José Manuel Mouriño, ES, 2010, 60’

Tempo de Viaggio, directed by Andrei Tarkovsky, Tonino Guerra, IT, 1983, 65’

Arseny Tarkovsky: Eternal Presence, directed by Viatcheslav Amirkhanian (doc) NL, 2004, 118’

In the middle of the world, directed by Viatcheslav Amirkhanian RU, 1990, 55’

Arseny Tarkovsky (1907-1989) is considered one of the most important Russian poets of the 20th century. Working several years as a journalist, after studying literature, he began to stand out with his translations of poetry. In his youth, with a group of friends, he published a poem with an acrostic of Lenin. They were arrested and sentenced to death, and only Tarkovsky managed to escape. He only began to publish his poetry in 1962, at the age of 55.    

Andrei Tarkovsky (1932-1986) directed seven feature films, and those were enough to make him one of the most important directors in the history of cinema, in the eyes of many. His legacy is the kind that is so impactful that it gives rise to adjectives like “tarkosvyan”. After his directing course, Andrei Tarkovsky made his debut with Ivan’s Childhood (1962), which immediately placed him in the pantheon of the great directors, by earning the Golden Lion in Venice.