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Andrei Tarkovsky: The Sacrifice

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March 27, 2013

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Please join us on Wednesday, March 27 at 6 p.m. for Andrei Tarkovsky's The Sacrifice (1986, 142 min) in the first floor corner room of Mid-Manhattan Library.

This film is part of the series Three Auteurs of World Cinema. All screenings are FREE and seating is first-come, first-served. Doors open at 5:30 p.m.

The Sacrifice (1986, 142 min), also known as Offret in Swedish, is the final film directed by Andrei Tarkovsky, who died of lung cancer shortly after completing it. The narrative follows a man who, on the eve of World War III, is searching to restore peace to the world and finds he must give something in return. The film reflects Tarkovsky's respect for the Swedish director Ingmar Bergman. It was set on the Swedish island of Gotland, where many of Bergman's films had been shot and utilizes one of the director’s favorite actors, Erland Josephson, as well as the cinematographer Sven Nykvist who worked on such notable films as Through a Glass Darkly, Persona, and Cries and Whispers. The film is dedicated to Tarkovsky’s son Andrei Jr. who was unable to leave the Soviet Union at the time.

Please contact Karen Ginman at karenginman@nypl.org or Thomas Knowlton at thomasknowlton@nypl.org if you have any questions.

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