The Sacrifice

NEW 4K RESTORATION COMING SOON! Famed Russian filmmaker Andrei Tarkovsky's final masterpiece, The Sacrifice is a haunting vision of a world threatened with nuclear... Read more

The Sacrifice

Directed by Andrei Tarkovsky

Year: 1986
Running Time: 145
Color Type: Color
Aspect Ratio: 1.66:1
Country: Sweden
Language: Swedish with English subtitles
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The Sacrifice

Cast
Sven Vollter
Erland Josephson
Allan Edwall
Valerie Mairesse
Gudron S Gisladottir
Susan Fleetwood

Crew
Directed by Andrei Tarkovsky


NEW 4K RESTORATION COMING SOON! Famed Russian filmmaker Andrei Tarkovsky's final masterpiece, The Sacrifice is a haunting vision of a world threatened with nuclear annihilation that inspired Andrew Sarris (The Village Voice) to proclaim, "You may find yourself moved as you have never been moved before."

As a wealthy Swedish family celebrates the birthday of their patriarch Alexander (Erland Josephson, Cries and Whispers), news of the outbreak of World War III reaches their remote Baltic island — and the happy mood turns to horror. The family descends into a state of psychological devastation, brilliantly evoked by Tarkovsky's arresting palette of luminous greys washing over the bleak landscape around their home. (The film's masterful cinematography is by Sven Nykvist, Ingmar Bergman's longtime collaborator).

For Alexander, a philosopher troubled about man's lack of spirituality, the prospect of certain extinction compels the ultimate sacrifice, and he enters into a Faustian bargain with God to save his loved ones from the fear which grips them. The director's last film, made as he was dying of cancer, The Sacrifice is Tarkovsky's personal statement, a profoundly moving, redemptive tragedy steeped in unforgettable imagery and heart-wrenching emotion.

 

Reviews

"A STUNNINGLY BEAUTIFUL FILM..." - THE NEW YORK TIMES

 



Awards

  • Best Artistic Contribution Cannes Film Festival

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PLAYDATES

Venue City Date
Carolina Theatre - Durham Durham 1529726400June 23 - June 24, 2018
Wisconsin Cinematheque Madison 1524801600April 27, 2018
Frida Cinema Santa Ana 1522987200April 6 - April 12, 2018
National Gallery of Art Washington 1521345600March 18, 2018
Yerba Buena Center For The Arts San Francisco 15201396003/4, 3/11
Cinestudio Hartford 1518930000February 18 - February 21, 2018
Belcourt Theatre Nashville 15183252002/11, 2/14
Charles Theatre Baltimore 15182388002/10, 2/12, & 2/15
Landmark Nuart Theatre Los Angeles 1517547600February 2 - February 8, 2018
The Loft Cinema Tucson 1517374800January 31, 2018
Gene Siskel Film Center Chicago 1516338000January 19 - January 24, 2018
Pacific Film Archive Berkeley 15157332001/12, 1/28, 2/23
Center For Contemporary Arts Santa Fe 1515733200January 12 - January 15, 2018
The Miniplex at Richards' Goat Tavern & Tea Room Arcata 15156468001/11, 1/13, 1/17, 1/19, 1/21, 1/27, 1/29
Roxie Theater San Francisco 15156468001/11, 1/13-14
Space Gallery Portland 1515646800January 11 - January 14, 2018
Alamo Drafthouse Yonkers Yonkers 1515560400January 10, 2018
Cinema 21 Portland 1515128400January 5 - January 11, 2018
International House Philadelphia 1515128400January 5, 2018
Cinema du Parc Montreal 1515128400January 5 - February 1, 2018
Pacific Cinematheque Vancouver 15149556001/3-4, 1/7-8
Alamo Drafthouse Omaha Omaha 1514955600January 3, 2018
Roxy Hotel Cinema New York 1512795600December 9 - December 10, 2017
Cleveland Cinematheque Cleveland 1512277200December 3, 2017
Cable Car Cinema Providence 1512190800December 2, 2017
TIFF Bell Lightbox Toronto 1511067600November 19, 2017
Speed Art Museum Louisville 1510376400November 11 - November 12, 2017
Time & Space Limited Hudson 151037640011/11-12, 11/18-20, 11/26, 12/3, 12/9-10
Austin Film Society Austin 1510376400November 11 - November 13, 2017
Texas Theatre Dallas 1510376400November 11 - November 12, 2017
Quad Cinema New York 1509076800October 27 - November 2, 2017
Film Society of Lincoln Center New York 1508472000October 20 - October 26, 2017
New York Film Festival New York 1507953600October 14, 2017


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