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France / Sweden, 1986, 145 mn 
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The Sacrifice

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 Le Sacrifice


Other titles : Offret
Directed by : Andrei TARKOVSKY (Андрей ТАРКОВСКИЙ)
Writing credits : Andrei TARKOVSKY (Андрей ТАРКОВСКИЙ)
Production : Argos Films / Svenska Filminstitutet
Release date in Russia : 01/05/2019
Sites : Allociné, IMDb
Release date in France : 1986-05-14, Site

Awards :
Jury's Special Grand Prix Festival de Cannes, Cannes (France), 1986
FIPRESCI Prize Festival de Cannes, Cannes (France), 1986
Award for Outstanding Artistic Achievement Festival de Cannes, Cannes (France), 1986

DVD with subtitles
Editeur : Arte Video
Editeur : Potemkine. 2011

Plot synopsis
A dark and complex drama about redemption and the nuclear holocaust. When a middle aged intellectual in retirement on an island in the Baltic Seas witnesses signs of what he believes to be a nuclear holocaust, he offers to make the ultimate sacrifice in return for the salvation of mankind.
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Commentaries and bibliography
Andreï Tarkovski – Le Sacrifice (1986), Enrique SEKNADJE, Review,, 2018
Le Sacrifice (1986) [de Andreï Tarkovski], Quentin CORAY, Review,, 2017
Le Sacrifice de Andreï Tarkovski, Jean Gavril SLUKA, Review,, 2012
Жертвоприношение Андрея Тарковского, Igor BOLDYREV, Book, Вагриус, 2004
Coup de coeur : andrei Tarkovsky et le sacrifice libérateur [A propos du film Le Sacrifice], Stéphane LEPINE, Video, Ciné-Bulles, vol. 6, n° 2, 1986-1987, p. 32-34., 1986
Le Sacrifice de Andreï Tarkovski, Review, Ciné-club de Caen

Selected in the following festivals :
- Russian Film Festival in Niort, Niort (France), 2020
- Andrey Tarkovsky retrospective at the Cinémathèque française, Paris (France), 2017
- La Rochelle International Film Festival, La Rochelle (France), 2017
- Shangai International Film Festival, Shangai (China), 2016
- Festival international du film de Marrakech : FIFM, Marrakech (Morocco), 2016
- Cinémathèque de Toulouse : Tarkovski et autres poètes du cinéma soviétique, Toulouse (France), 2014
- The Russian Masters, Montreal (Canada), 2012
- Institut Lumière : Hommage au Cinéma russe - Andreï Tarkovski, Lyon (France), 2012
- Retrospective Andrey Tarkovsky : l’immagine dell’assoluto, Milan (Italy), 2011
- Ciné-Meaux-Club : semaine de cinéma russe, Meaux (France), 2010
- International Film Festival Tarkovski, Ivanovo (Russia), 2010
- Retrospective Russian cinema at the "Reflet Médicis", Paris (France), 2009
- Russian films in the cinema Arlequin, Paris (France), 2009
- Sputnik nad Polska, Warsaw (Poland), 2009
- Damascus International Film Festival, Damascus (Syria), 2008
- Berlin International Film Festival : Berlinale, Berlin (Germany), 2005
- États généraux du film documentaire, Lussas (France), 2000
- Release in France of the film, Different cities (France), 1986-05-14
- Festival de Cannes, Cannes (France), 1986

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