Previously at the ICA - Films
7 Jun 2016 – 31 Mar 2017
"A dazzlingly beautiful film, fascinating in its visual splendour…it is an experience which should not be missed." The Times
Mirror is the celebrated Russian director Andrei Tarkovsky’s most autobiographical work in which he reflects upon his own childhood and the destiny of the Russian people.
The film's many layers intertwine real life and family relationships—Tarkovsky’s father, the poet Arseny Tarkovsky, reads his own poems on the soundtrack and Tarkovsky’s mother appears as herself—with memories of childhood, dreams and nightmares. From the opening sequence of a boy being cured of a stammer by hypnotism, to a scene in a printing works which encapsulates the Stalinist era, Mirror has an extraordinary resonance and repays countless viewings.
This film is screened from a new, recently restored digital print as part of Sculpting Time: Andrei Tarkovsky Retrospective.
Mirror, dir. Andrei Tarkovsky, Soviet Union 1975, 107 mins