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Nostalghia (1983) 4K Restoration

Opens on March 16

Director: Andrei Tarkovsky Run Time: 125 min. Release Year: 1983

Starring: Domiziana Giordano, Erland Josephson, Laura De Marchi, Oleg Yankovskiy, Patrizia Terreno

Country: Italy, Soviet Union
Language: Italian, Russian with English subtitle

About the film:

Andrei 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 Botticelli-like beauty of his translator Eugenia, as well as with the apocalyptic ramblings of a self-destructive wanderer named Domenico.

Written with frequent Michelangelo Antonioni collaborator Tonino Guerra and newly restored in 4K from the original camera negative, Nostalghia (1983) is a mystical and mysterious collision of East and West, shot with the tactile beauty that only Tarkovsky can provide.

“Nostalghia is not so much a movie as a place to inhabit for two hours.”

—J. Hoberman

Winner of the Prize of the Ecumenical Jury, the prize for Best Director, and the FIPRESCI Prize at the 1983 Cannes Film Festival, the film was restored in 4K in 2022 by CSC – Cinetecanazionale in collaboration with Rai Cinema at Augustus Color laboratory, from the original negatives and the original soundtrack preserved at Rai Cinema.

About the filmmaker:

“Tarkovsky is for me the greatest, the one who invented a new language, true to the nature of film.”

—Ingmar Bergman

Andrei Tarkovsky was a visionary Russian film director and screenwriter widely considered one of the greatest filmmakers in cinema history. Although he directed only seven feature films, each is considered a masterpiece. He made five features in the Soviet Union, beginning with his debut feature Ivan’s Childhood (1962) – awarded the Golden Lion at the Venice Film Festival — followed by Andrei Rublev (1966), Solaris (1972), Mirror (1974), and Stalker (1979). Escaping increasing pressure from state film authorities to compromise his creative vision, Tarkovsky left for Europe, and made his final two films abroad — Nostalgia (1983) in Italy and The Sacrifice (1986) in Sweden. Both films competed for the Palme d’Or at Cannes and were awarded multiple prizes.

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