St. Andrew`s Centre for Philosophy and Performing Arts
A FILM WORKSHOP ON TARKOVSKY`S ANDREI RUBLEV
Loosely based on the life of the titular 15th Century iconographer, and starring Anatoliy Solonitsyn, this complex film is far more than a historical biography. With its medieval setting and complicated religious and political themes, Andrei Rublev takes place during a turbulent time in Russia, where Christianity and authoritarianism collide.
In Andrei Tarkovsky`s second feature film, this man`s art and emotional connection to his homeland, religion, and culture is brought to audiences in a historical epic not seen in Russia since Sergei Eisenstein`s Ivan the Terrible. The film presents eight episodes, some directly and others only tangentially related to the titular artist; the segments are linear only in the strictest definition of the term, and take place over roughly a quarter century.
The stark black and white imagery, accompanied by the hushed sound design with its wordless vocals and tolling bells, immerses us in a dream that feels at once sacred and profane.
Ever purposeful yet enigmatic like Rublev himself, Tarkovsky`s "Film of the Earth" is surely one more of a faith, a time, or a rumination on purpose and place. This historical epic of forlorn splendour, difficult to view or simplify, ultimately can be appreciated as a profound meditation on integrity and dedicated perseverance amidst a world of doubt.
The workshop is conducted by Dr. Omkar Bhatkar who will take the participants on a journey of filmmaking, film as Philosophy, Film as Poetry and largely pondering on thoughts like `Film as a reflection of life and vice versa`. The workshop will be discursive beginning with the screening of the film followed by a short break to collate the thoughts of the participants and bring it to the discussion. The facilitator shall discuss various themes of the film right from cinematography to composition to religious motifs and their meanings. Studying the cinema of Tarkovsky is like engaging with the scripture of a saint of cinema. If cinephilia has a literal holy text, to be referred to and examined in times of joy and stress and sorrow, it is this.
Dive in this rare opportunity to engage in a study circle which shall be intensively discussing Tarkovsky`s Andrei Rublev. A 9 Hour workshop dedicated to one film, is an unimaginable activity in this city, and that calls for more reason to engage with it.
(Please note the workshop begins with the Film Screening at 10 am and the discussion carries on until 7 pm with intermittent short working breaks. Light refreshments will be provided but Lunch has to be carried by the participants or it can be ordered by you through online food apps at the venue)
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