Every Friday, Fandor’s curators serve up a newly available film worthy of special attention. This week’s Featured Release is Andrei Tarkovsky’s Nostalghia.
“…not so much a movie as a place to inhabit for two hours.” – J. Hoberman, the Village Voice
Our featured release this week comes to us from the great mind of Andrei Tarkovsky, a director who needs no introduction. In typical Tarkovsky fashion, Nostalghia is a cerebral and beautifully lensed work that embodies cinema’s ability to tell stories of the mind and soul.
Film Synopsis: “Nostalghia is Andrei Tarkovsky’s brooding late masterpiece, a darkly poetic vision of exile. It was the first of his features to be made outside of Russia, the home to which he would never return. Tarkovsky explained that in Russian the word “nostalghia” conveys “the love for your homeland and the melancholy that arises from being far away.” This debilitating form of homesickness is embodied in the film by Andrei, a Russian intellectual doing research in Italy. He becomes obsessed with the beauty of his translator Eugenia as well as the apocalyptic ramblings of a self-destructive wanderer named Domenico. Written with frequent Michelangelo Antonioni collaborator Tonino Guerra, Nostalghia is a mystical and mysterious collision of East and West, shot with the tactile beauty that only Tarkovsky can provide.”
Over on Keyframe, Robert Avila looks at Nostalghia in the context of Tarkovsky’s oeuvre and the filmmaker’s own exile from the Mother Russia:
Nostalghia Posits Irreconcilable Worlds as a Russian Leaves the USSR Behind (March 24, 2014)