The Tarkovsky Series: The Sacrifice

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The Tarkovsky Series: The Sacrifice

9 November 2016 @ 7:00 pm - 9:30 pm


Part of a remastered new digital print edition of
‘Sculpting Time: Andrei Tarkovsky Retrospective.’

Date and time: Wednesday 9 November 2016, 7.00PM
Venue: Cinema (St James Cavalier)

Price: Standard: €7, Cinema Membership: €6

Tarkovsky’s final film is a visionary masterpiece which unfolds at the dawn of a nuclear holocaust. Erland Josephson, in an award-winning role, plays Alexander, a retired actor who is celebrating his birthday with his family and friends at his isolated home by the sea, is shockingly interrupted by the announcement that a holocaust is with them, that World War III has begun. In desperation, Alexander immediately strikes a bargain with God, where he would relinquish all his earthly possessions and part with his loved ones if only they could be spared from the oncoming horror.

But the beauty in Alexander’s sacrifice is in that no one realises what he is trying and willing to do in order to save his family. It is essentially a stark reflection on humanity’s indifference and loss of spirituality, in a true heartfelt statement from a thoughtful artist facing imminent mortality, with a profound wisdom to share.

Here’s a list of the entire series:
Ivan’s Childhood: Wednesday 7th September 2016, 8:00PM
Mirror: Wednesday 14th September 2016, 8:00PM
Solaris: Wednesday 28th September 2016, 7:00PM
The Sacrifice: Wednesday, November 9, 2016, 7:00PM
Stalker: Wednesday, January 18, 2017, 7:00PM
Nostalgia: Wednesday, January 25, 2017, 7:00PM
Andrei Rublev: Wednesday, February 8, 2017, 7:00PM


9 November 2016
7:00 pm - 9:30 pm
Event Category:


Spazju Kreattiv Cinema
St James Cavalier, Castille Place
Valletta, Malta
+356 2122 3200


Spazju Kreattiv


Duration 149 mins
Cert 12 A
Language Swedish, French (with English subtitles)
Creative Team Andrei Tarkovsky (director and writer), Anna-Lena Wiborn (producer), Sven Nykvist (cinematography)
With the participation of Erland Josephson (Alexander), Susan Fleetwood (Adelaide), Allan Edwall (Otto), Gudrun Gisladottir (Maria), Sven Wollter (Victor), Valerie Mairesse (Julia), Filippa Franzen (Marta), Tommy Kjellqvist (Gossen)