Andrei Tarkovsky (1932–1986) explained that in Russian the word nostalghia conveys “the love for your homeland and the melancholy that arises from being far away.” Andrei, a Russian intellectual doing research in Italy, becomes obsessed with the Botticelli-like beauty of his translator, as well as with the apocalyptic ramblings of a self-destructive wanderer (Erland Josephson). Written with frequent Michelangelo Antonioni–collaborator Tonino Guerra (L’Avventura) and newly restored in 4K from the original camera negative, this cult favorite is a mystical and mysterious collision of East and West, shot with the tactile beauty that only Tarkovsky can provide. Film critic J. Hoberman observed that “Nostalghia is not so much a movie as a place to inhabit for two hours.” 

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Directed by Andrei Tarkovsky
(Russia/Italy, 1983, 126 minutes, in Italian and Russian with English subtitles)
Brown Auditorium Theater, 4K digital restoration

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