"Tarkovsky's River" is about a journey into landscape, into the deep heart of a place where the river is as wide as a sea, where skies are vast and time stands still. A journey into collective memory that holds within it the interconnectedness of man and the natural world.
“Tarkovsky's River” brings together moving images collected over a series of rural Russian peregrinations, that refer in substance to the films of Andrei Tarkovsky. Tracing a river journey along the Upper Volga to Yureyvits, birthplace and childhood home of the film-maker, it is about going into a deeper sense of the land, and of time itself, which is where Tarkovsky takes us.
I did not want to make a faux Tarkovsky film here, imitating the director's style. The film is about exploring a place. It is rooted in a video diary shot on a basic 3CCD DV camera, that was made during trips whose purpose was stills photography (see tarkovskysriver.com for more details). The raw and unconstructed video material contrasts almost violently with the filmic sense that Tarkovsky crafts. And yet the beauty and textures of the place, the haunting atmospheres, give themselves up to the camera.
Screening Format: DVD (PAL and NTSC) Region 0
Other formats can be made available
Shooting format: DV
Written, recorded, photographed and directed by Gillian McIver
Stills sequence edited Nazir Tanbouli
Sound and original composition by Takatsuna Mukai
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