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Andrei Tarkovsky, The Sacrifice, 1986

The Sacrifice + Q&A

25 Jun 2015

ICA and Cygnnet Publishing are pleased to present The Sacrifice, followed by a Q&A with Layla Alexander-Garrett, writer, photographer and friend of Andrei Tarkovsky, hosted by our Film and Cinema Manager Nico Marzano.

At his isolated farmhouse on an island in the Baltic, a distinguished Swedish writer hears an announcement of the start of a nuclear war in the company of his wife and hitherto bickering friends. In the course of an anguished night, he makes a pact with God, swearing to renounce his family, self and possessions if the world is spared from destruction. He awakens to a sunlit morning in which the events of the previous day seem as remote as a dream - and sets about fulfilling his side of the bargain.

Filmed when Tarkovsky was already succumbing to cancer, The Sacrifice is imbued with an almost palpable sense of fear, faith and apocalyptic expectation. The film won Grand Prix at the Cannes Film Festival in 1986.

Andrei Tarkovsky's last film The Sacrifice was shot 30 years ago, during spring and summer of 1985, while Tarkovsky was in exile. It turned out to be his final testament. Day after day, while the film was being made, Layla Alexander-Garrett was taking photographs and kept a diary which forms her book Andrei Tarkovsky: A Photographic Chronicle of the Making of The Sacrifice. 

Layla Alexander-Garrett is the author of a prize-winning memoir Andrei Tarkovsky: The Collector of Dreams and a photo book Andrei Tarkovsky: A Photographic Chronicle of the making of The Sacrifice. She has organised numerous charity concerts and film festivals, including Andrei Tarkovsky and Sergei Paradjanov festivals in London. 

The film will be shown from 35mm print.

In collaboration with Cygnnet Publishing.

The Sacrifice, dir. Andrei Tarkovsky, France/Sweden 1986, 148 mins.

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